Now that the new macbooks are out in the market, it is quite obvious that Cupertino will not be turning out any netbook version anytime soon. According to Steve Jobs, the iPhone is as close as they will ever get to a netbook except for the price.
In a teleconference last October 21, Jobs practically categorized the netbook as junk,
"There are some customers which we chose not to serve," he added. "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that. But we can continue to deliver greater and greater value to those customers that we choose to serve. And there's a lot of them."
As a satisfied Apple customer for the past one and a half years, I am not one to question the logic behind this "business strategy." However, I totally disagree with categorizing the $500 netbooks as junk. In a recent blog, I wrote about how much I am loving the Asus eee 1000H with OS X installed (via hackintosh) that it has become my everyday mobile device. Yesterday, a friend asked me to get him an exact same machine.
I decided this time to get a black Asus eee 1000H with OSX Leopard installed from my friend SHINRAI. I even airbrushed an Apple logo just for kicks. As I have said before, everything works fine with the Netbook OSX except for the ethernet. All of the software that I have installed on my Macbook 13" and the MacBook Pro 17" are running without any issues in the eee PC. You can see the size comparison between the MacBook Pro and the Netbook OSX in the pictures below:
And here is a pic beside the HP 2710p Tablet PC with a 12" screen;
Junk or no junk, the Netbook OSX will reside permanently in my gadget bag.