“Steven P. Jobs appeared as a surprise ‘special guest’ on Apple’s earnings call Tuesday afternoon,” John Markoff reports for The New York Times.
Markoff reports, “The most fun on the conference call came when he parried analysts’ questions about new product areas that Apple might or might not enter. A recurring question among Apple watchers for decades has been, ‘When is Apple going to introduce a low-cost computer?'”
“Mr. Jobs answered that decades-old complaint by stating, ‘We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk.’ He argued instead that the company’s mission was to add more value for customers at current price points,” Markoff reports.
“However, he gave a more nuanced answer to the question of whether Apple plans to jump into the ‘nascent’ market for netbooks, essentially restating his comments on the question from last week at the Macbook introduction in Cupertino by saying the company was taking a wait-and-see attitude,” Markoff reports. “At the same time, he noted that the company already had a powerful entry in the category: the iPhone. (By that standard, Apple is already the dominant netbook manufacturer by orders of magnitude.)”
“Mr. Jobs also said the company “had some pretty interesting” ideas if the category continues to evolve,” Markoff reports.
“That would seem to confirm findings that a search engine company shared with me on condition that I not reveal its name: The company spotted Web visits from an unannounced Apple product with a display somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook,” Markoff reports. “Is it the iPhone 3.0 or the NetMac 1.0?”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]
Or is it the “MacBook touch” about which we reported on July 22, 2008? We hear that Macworld Expo 2009 is going to be very interesting.