My first exposure to the Mac as a work place computer was in 2006 during an internship at JAPAN MAGAZIN, Germanys’ largest magazine for Japanese culture and lifestyle. Let’s just say these machines were not the ones to entice a long-time Windows user to switch to the Mac platform. I personally had a hard time trying to establish a fast workflow with early OS X operating systems and the outdated hardware. My job was writing articles. For this I had to research constantly, which involved a lot of browsing the web with Safari and writing text.

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The iPhone as a Netbook Alternative

On December 23, 2008, in Opinion, by Mark Rudd

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT… STEVIE?
In a recent quarterly conference call, Steve Jobs made the following comment regarding the current netbook discussion:

“We’re not tremendously worried. As we look at the netbook category, that’s a nascent category. As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold. You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.” (Click this link to read the original article)

At the time of this statement, it was clear that Apple felt that the iPhone was/is a great netbook type device. The current sales numbers for netbooks indicate that not everyone agrees with the Jobsian edict. Netbook sales have steadily increased and have surpassed iPhone sales according to the third quarter numbers for this year.

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