Rumors have been swirling about an Apple subnotebook. But as Don Reisinger points out, Apple will not ignore these rumors, it won't release one of these devices.
Anything that takes a three-year step back in performance, such as Palm's ill-fated Foleo device, can't be considered a blueprint for the future of the subnotebook, which was around long before Palm announced its mobile companion.
ARM's hope to get in on the expected smartbook trend has been thwarted by delays in Flash optimization, a lower-than-expected uptake of Linux on Netbooks, and the emergence of tablets.
Manufacturer is trying out smartbooks with both Google OSes in its labs, alongside a prototype slate, according to chairman Jonney Shih.
The world's smallest multitouch laptop is also quite a bit of an investment.
The Gachapin & Mukku Netbook is a limited edition, and it's aimed at kids using cartoon characters (a dinosaur and a bigfoot) that Japanese tots are familiar with.
Asus, Everex, and soon perhaps even Hewlett-Packard and Acer, are making subnotebooks for niche markets. And we probably owe a small debt to the Foleo for that.
The version of Ubuntu Linux due to arrive in October 2008, Intrepid Ibex, will be designed to work well on everything from laptops to workstations.
Some of the upgrades we might see in the next MacBook Air include a bigger and better solid-state drive, improved design, and upgraded processors.
The MacBook Air versus a 2003 Hewlett-Packard corporate notebook