Will Apple launch a netbook? And other burning questions | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com

Apple on my mind this morning. There has been rumors about an Apple Notebook for some time. I find the pocket book size microcomputers intriguing and more appealing for my own needs than smart phones. Smart phones do have a lot of functions but their ergonomy doesn't support effective online writing. When is Nokia coming out with something in line with this? Please, let me know. Give me at least some rumors.

Error! in my introduction. It's not a small notebook. It's a NetBook! I confused myself with hopes about a pocket book sized Apple Notebook. I was wrong. My dreams didn't come true.

Will Apple launch a netbook? And other burning questions | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com: "Apple has said “it doesn’t do cheap,” but one analyst reckons that Steve Jobs & Co. will address the netbook market at some point–either with an 11-inch MacBook Air priced between $800 and $1,000 in 2009 or a tablet Mac in 2010.

Helge: The NetBook! They write about a Netbook and I was hoping for a Notebook. But is the MacBook Air what I'm looking for?

That’s one of the more notable takeaways from a research note by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. He examines 12 questions surrounding Apple’s quarter. On the netbook issue, Munster notes that “Apple could find success with a product in its lineup between the iPhone and the MacBook.” He did note that the iPhone accomplishes much of what a netbook is used for–Web browsing–but could use another multi-touch device. Jason Perlow has noted the same thing and as a netbook novice I’d vote for the Mac tablet.

Among Munster’s other questions:

How’s Apple’s business? Munster says he believes that the current quarter is in line with Wall Street estimates. MacBooks and Macs appear to be selling well. He is predicting Mac units between 2.5 million and 2.7 million units. However, iPod growth is slowing and that offsets Mac momentum.

How’s Apple managing the downturn? Munster says Apple is most likely working component costs based on daily sales reports from its retail stores and channel partners. That approach means that Apple is tightly managing inventory since it has little visibility. A separate question from Munster focused on gross margins–the analyst is predicting 31 percent gross margins in fiscal 2009, up from Apple’s guidance of 30 percent."

Helge: Sales reports from its retail stores and channel partners.
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