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September 03, 2012

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Great article! I almost forgot about netbook category. Never heard of that Intel had so much faith on netbooks. However, I have read a lot of analyst reports saying that Apple needs netbook to be survived in the coming storm of netbooks. iPad really changed everything...First, it woke up Microsoft of dreaming using the word "slate" first in any computing products. Microsoft thought that Apple would use the word "slate" for the rumored tablet. It turned out it was a stunt (probably from Apple) for Microsoft to steal it for CES 2010. Then, it crashed the 30 years failure of tablets, with iPad sales in first year equivalent to sales of all combined Windows tablets since iPad. iPad 3 also changed computing history that high resolution LCD would only appear on Desktop first. What will the computing world look like in the next 7 years?

Apple tells them to make a chip efficient enough to drop in the MacBook Air, because Intel didn't make anything at the time that could. And they comply.

And how does Intel thank Apple?

"Ultrabook. Inspired by Intel."

Screw 'em.

Do you know how many analysts said that Apple would lose out if they didn't hurry up and start producing cheap Apple netbooks? Quite a few. There were a number of claims that the Windows netbook would launch the next mobile revolution. It was cheap. It ran the world's most popular OS (Windows). It had all the ports consumers wanted. It ran Adobe Flash. It ran Microsoft Office. Did I mention that netbooks were cheap, cheap, cheap. Who wouldn't want to own one of those inexpensive, but fully functional beauties? What company didn't produce Windows netbooks? Only one. Supposedly, the most stupid company in the world run by the fool, Steve Jobs. He didn't think that Windows netbooks were the future. The analysts, the tech-heads and media pundits all laughed at Steve Jobs for having no vision of the future.

Anyway, the iPad was introduced and the computer industry was transformed. Apple, so far, has had the last laugh and the profits to back it up. Even so, there were a couple of Wintel vendors who swore to investors that tablets were just a temporary thing and everyone would soon be going back to Wintel netbooks. After all, consumers couldn't actually get any work done with an iPad. It was a crippled device not worthy of notice. An iPad couldn't hold a candle to a wonderful Windows netbook that was much, much cheaper. End of story. Intel loses and ARM wins.

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