“Apple and Research in Motion may disagree on many things, but they are of the same mind when it comes to the netbook phenomenon: It will be short-lived,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.
“Why are Apple and Research in Motion thumbing their noses at [netbooks]? Perhaps because they view the netbook as an interim product, a placeholder,” Paczkowski writes. “Perhaps because they know that the handset is the next computer?”
“Apple certainly does. The iPhone already runs a spartan version of the company’s OS X operating system,” Paczkowski writes. “How long will it be before the device is outfitted with a more powerful processor–perhaps one designed by PA Semi–capable of running OS X SL? How long before the iPhone is outfitted with the Mini DisplayPort that will connect it to a monitor? How long before we no longer need netbooks or notebooks because our handsets do it all?”
Full articles with netbook quotes from Apple’s Tim Cook and RIM’s half-CEO Jim Balsillie here.