But the latest smartphone sales numbes from Gartner and DisplaySearch's netbook sales numbers might be the last nudge needed to let the never-seen-before Apple's netbook see the daylight. The numbers show 4.7 million iPhones were shipped in Q3 2008 while a whopping 5.6 million netbooks were sold in the same period.
Meaning that netbook is now more popular than iPhone! ...as reported by Daniel Ionescu from PC World.
Daniel is also saying how in comparison, netbooks don't totally intersect with iPhone's market. Many people buy iPhones for the multimedia capabilities combined with a phone and for mobile email and browsing the web - things that netbooks do quite well. Even Steve Jobs seemed to think that iPhones can do the same things as netbooks, even going on saying that "not a lot of them (netbooks) getting sold."
And in another side of the world, another important factor for computer (and netbook) is also making its move to jolt up the mobile world: Intel has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers. "The company is on track for production readiness of this future generation (of transistors)...in the fourth quarter of 2009," the chipmaker said in a statement reported by nanotech blog.
Intel promises more details to be poured in at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) next week in San Francisco, while we know it already that Intel processors are currently made on a 45nm process. Generally, smaller geometries result in faster and more power-efficient processors.
So you can imagine what the new 32nm processor chip is able to provide for the newer and better netbooks in the future, say... around the time for Macworld 2009 event? ~LOL~
But, even if Steve Jobs finally give in to the people's demand for cheaper priced MacBooks in the form of a netbook, I'll have to agree with what Daniel said in his article: "Apple doesn't usually rush products to the market, and if we will see Apple's netbook, it definitely won't be cheap." ;-O