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Monday, November 22, 2010

MacBook Air Better Than Similar Windows 7 Laptops

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 03:00 AM

"We already know the 2010 MacBook Air models significantly improve on the previous generation in overall performance, but how do they stack up against Windows 7 laptops of similar size? Judged solely on performance, they dominate. With Windows 7 running on Apple's featherweight machines, our test results indicate that the new Airs ran faster than all but one recent netbook or ultraportable from Windows PC vendors."

You'll note that they used the low end MacBook Air in the above test, so imagine how much faster the top of the line MacBook Air is in comparison. They also worked it through some gaming tests, and the low end MacBook Air scored an impressive 24 frames per second when playing Call of Duty, something they note that most netbooks and ultraportables are unable to achieve, let alone run 3D games such as this. That being said, the downer was with regards to battery life, with the MacBook Air scoring roughly 4 hours versus the over 6 hours the netbooks and ultraportables averaged. Oh and there is that cost difference. The article goes into great detail in the comparisons so it is interesting if you are the least bit curious about how the MacBook Airs stack up.

Monday, July 26, 2010

iPad To Overtake Netbook By 2012?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 PM

"With its iPad capturing 6 percent of the portable PC segment in the second quarter of 2010, Apple will continue to lead the media tablet market through at least 2011, largely because of the lack of innovation in the netbook market."

Other than the occasional incremental improvement, there hasn't been anything really new in netbooks in quite some time. Battery life has gotten a bit better, processors have gotten stronger, XP is nearly gone, and netbook screen size is creeping slowly up and away from that awful 1024x600 standard. More and more vendors are testing the waters with 11" and larger screens. While, in my opinion, the iPad is far and away the better experience for consuming content, the netbook still leads in its ability for creating content. Seems to me that there will be a demand for both until content creation catches up on the iPad. Do any of you really see netbooks surviving long term? What about "other" tablets?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tablets aka iPads as PC Killers?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:00 AM

"Are you an Apple bull looking for even more ammunition to bolster your faith in the company?"

If so, you might be interested in these predictions from Barclay Capital:

  • Tablets computers, a category that didn't really exist until this spring, will be here to stay;
  • Apple (AAPL) is going to own most of that market for years to come;
  • This is yet more bad news for Microsoft (MSFT) and its Windows franchise, as well as PC manufacturers like Dell, in particular.

They also predict that 15 million tablets will be sold this year, increasing to 28 million in 2011, as well as Apple holding on to a 75% market share through 2011. One more prediction is that this will cut into PC sales in the netbook arena which is causing them to drop their growth estimate for PCs to 19% in 2010. Not so sure about the growth decline caused by "tablets" since it hasn't been seen as doing the same for Mac sales, but then again I'm not a paid analyst.

Friday, May 7, 2010

iPad, the Netbook Killer?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"The iPad may be partially or even primarily responsible for the slow demise of netbook sales, according to Morgan Stanley market (via Fortune) analyst Katy Huberty. In a report released Thursday for Morgan Stanley clients, the impact of the iPad is causally linked to the rapid decline of the netbook sales growth curve."

They point to a couple of issues to defend their premise. The first is that graph above, that shows the drop off in sales starting in December of last year and continuing through January when the iPad was introduced. The other is a March survey that said 44% of potential netbook purchasers were instead holding off to buy an iPad. Something is causing the drop off, and these sound logical, what are your thoughts?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Need an Apple Netbook Now? Do It Yourself.

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM

"Is the World Wide Developers Conference too far away for you? Are you desperate to get your hands on an Apple netbook straight away? The folks over at couldn't stay away any longer, so they took a Dell Mini 9 and decided to install Mac OS X Leopard. The process seems surprisingly simple, and gave them a fully functional MacBook Nano (or close enough) within an hour."

I've kind of been waiting to see what Apple comes out with this Summer, and if the rumors are true that they will indeed make a netbook. It is something I could use around the house, or more specifically that my wife could use so my MBP doesn't get seized from me. But I digress into something more appropriate for Dr. Phil's website. Anyway, this tutorial over at the Test Freaks blog is very specific and easy to follow along with should this interest you. I may give this a go depending on what is announced this Summer at WWDC, or sooner depending on if my wife reads this story.

Monday, May 4, 2009

MacFormat Shows Off Coronary Inducing Mockup of Mac Netbook / Tablet

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"The world and his dog, it would seem, want Apple to make a netbook. Even that part of the world that has no idea what a netbook is wants Apple to make one. But this is Apple we're talking about, and if it decides to make something that fits into the same market that the PC industry has been addressing with netbooks, you can bet it will be something special. Here's our best guess at what it might be."

Okay not for nothing, but if the upcoming (maybe) Netbook (tablet) that Apple may (or may not) make looks like this or along these lines, you won't be able to get my credit card into the hands of a black turtle-necked salesperson fast enough. Frankly, I think whoever made this mockup should probably sell the design to someone because it's brilliant.

I'd definitely buy it.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Turn Your Dell Mini 9 Into a Hackintosh

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"There are a lot of netbooks on which you can install and run OS X, but if you're mindful of the handy comparison chart those lads at Boing Boing Gadgets have compiled, you'll know that the Mini 9 is about as ideal a platform as you'll find for a Hackintosh ultraportable: Everything from wi-fi, sound and the function keys down to the optional integrated mobile broadband card and the SD card reader are supported and work as they should. No hardware compromises at all. It's awesome."

Yet again the folks at Gizmodo deliver the goods. This is an excellent and extremely detailed explanation not only on how to get your Hackintosh Mini 9 working, but how to deal with every pitfall you may come across in doing so. I had a Mini 9 and the only reason I sold it was to get a few extra sheckles in hand to pay for my newly-purchased MacBook Pro. Had I stuck with my older Macs, I'd still have my Mini 9 today. If you've been holding off on doing this process for lack of a helping hand, I think you can safely take the plunge now (at your own risk, of course!).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Boing Boing Gadgets Creates Mac Netbook Guide

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple says it's had "pretty interesting ideas" for a Mac netbook, but it's everyday users who've already taken action. Due to their similar technical underpinnings, most of the popular netbooks can run OS X, but there are plenty of caveats: non-functioning components which lack drivers and need to be replaced-or which simply can't be gotten to at all."

I'm glad someone put this together! Apparently the two nicest Netbooks on the market, the Wind and the Mini 9, run OSX perfectly. It's good to know because next year I'll be buying another Netbook expressly for this purpose. Right now, the Wind is in the lead but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Mini 9. Boing Boing Gadgets has promised to update this chart to complete and correct the data based on reader feedback.

Who needs Apple to announce one at Macworld?

Tags: mac, netbook, osx

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Apple Losing Market Share Due to Netbooks?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM

"According to DisplaySearch-a provider of information, consulting and conferences on the display supply chain and display-related industries- netbook shipments grew by 160 percent in the third quarter of 2008. This means that "companies that have missed or decided not to play in the netbook market-such as Apple-have lost market share," reports The Guardian."

Okay... Maybe mathematically this might be true, but I'm not even sure I buy it in that regard either. Anyway, this isn't the first time Apple has been criticized for its prices and not catering to the low-end and playing the margin game and it probably won't be the last.

Besides... Who says Apple isn't going to pull a Netbook out of its hat in January?

Just sayin'.

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