Netbook markt stort in door komst iPad

Marktonderzoeksbureau IDC heeft de verkoop van netbooks in het eerste kwartaal van 2010 in kaart gebracht en daaruit blijkt dat de verkoop volledig is ingestort. Hewlett-Packard, Dell en Acer willen geen commentaar geven op het onderzoek van IDC maar feit is dat er een overschot is aan componenten om Netbooks te bouwen. HP overweegt zelfs volledig te stoppen met het produceren van netbooks. Toeval of niet maar in Nederland koop je op dit moment al een Netbook voor 200 euro, een jaar geleden betaalde je daar nog 400 euro voor. Het zou ook kunnen dat de markt verzadigd is.

Apple’s Tim Cook in 2009 over netbooks:

For us, it’s about doing great products. And when I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today, I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience… that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly. And so it’s not a space, as it exists today, that we’re interested in, nor do we believe that customers in the long term would be interested in.”

That said, we do look at the space and are interested to see how customers respond to it. People that want a small computer (so to speak) that does browsing and e-mail might want to buy an iPod touch or an iPhone. So we have other products to accomplish some of what people buy netbooks for. So in that way we play in an indirect basis.

And if we can find a way to deliver an innovative product that really makes a contribution, then we’ll do that. We have some interesting ideas in this space. The product pipeline is fantastic for the Mac. If you look at the past, in 17 of the last 18 quarters we’ve exceeded the market rate of growth, and to exceed it in this horrendous economy is quite an accomplishment, especially if you look at these very low-cost netbooks that I think is a stretch to call it a personal computer, that are really propping up unit numbers as a whole.

Eerder dat jaar zei Tim Cook min of meer hetzelfde over netbooks: “much less powerful” than consumers wanted, with cramped keyboards and small displays. Maar Cook voegde daar destijds aan toe: “We’ll see. We are watching the space… We’ve got some ideas here.”