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Netbooks were one of the only bright spots of Q3 2008 according to a new report from DisplaySearch. The report shows that despite a bleak outlook for the computer industry as a whole, but netbooks as a category posted massive gains of 160 percent compared to Q2 2008.
In 2007, Asus created the netbook category with the introduction of its Eee line of netbooks. Virtually all major computer makers, except for Apple, followed suit in the coming months with their own netbook computers. In 2007, the market for netbook computers was under a million units; the market for netbooks in 2008 is predicted to be in excess of 14 million units.
Asus may have spawned the netbook segment with its Eee ne
tbook, but Acer is now the clear leader. Acer holds the top spot with its Aspire One netbook, having shipped 2.15 million units in Q3 2008 and grabbing 38.8 percent of the netbook market. Asus follows in second place, with its entire Eee netbook line shipping 1.7 million units and holding 30.3 percent of the market.
Rounding out the top five are HP with 330,000 units shipped, MSI with 320,000 Wind units shipped and Dell with 160,000 units shipped. If you are wondering when Apple might unveil its own netbook, CEO Steve Jobs hasn't ruled out entering the netbook market and has said that Apple will wait for the market to mature. Some speculation says that Apple could field a netbook with an ARM core and a modified OS from the iPhone.
I think a netbook running an optimized version of the full Mac OS would be more appealing, and if Apple brought the machine in close to the cost of available Windows-powered netbooks (say in the $400 to $499 range) many consumers might be lured to the Mac dark side. I would probably try the Mac OS at that price point on a decently equipped netbook.