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Analysts expect Apple netbook soon

"Apple will launch a netbook within the next two years," says analyst Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray. The expectation is great and not new, but the company now expects the arrival of the product a MacBook Air even more compact not for the end of 2008, but for the beginning of 2009.

The machine would have an 11-inch screen (instead of the current 13) and would cost between $ 800 and $ 1,000, against $ 1,800 for Air. Apple's solution may be something like the Mac tablet, but in this case it is not expected a launch before 2010.

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The big question is that the iPhone meets many of the needs of netbook owners, which eliminated several reasons / incentives that could cause Apple to launch a model to compete with current offers from ASUS and / or HP.

J Ezra Gottheil, from Technology Business Research, corroborates the idea, but thinks even more aggressively: 7 to 10 inch screen, weighing around 1 kg. It would be completely wireless, without an optical drive and with a smaller keyboard (80-95% of the traditional size). It would arrive in mid-2009 for about $ 600.

(Via: ZDNet.com.)