Originally Posted by MacRulez
Form factors change, and their accompanying sales percentages change along with them. If you think tablets will continue to grow at the same rate you're either new to the industry or kidding yourself. Everything changes over time.
Tablet growth won't continue at the same rate forever. But that they will actually become a profitable long term segment.
My only point here is this: because Apple doesn't sell netbooks, Apple fans have led themselves to believe that there has never been any useful role for netbooks. "If Steve Jobs didn't invent it, you don't need it!" Rubbish.
This is entirely your invention. Many of us never liked netbooks, we did not like them before we knew that Apple would never release one. We didn't like netbooks long before the iPad existed. Many of us feel that the iPad is a better idea and more functional. I think that is Apple agreeing and responding to what many of us already believed.
As the leading sector for so many years until the very recent rise of tablets, it's pretty clear that in spite of the wishful thinking of the ardent Apple fans here the fact is that many tens of millions of people like netbooks.
As addabox said success is not in selling tens of millions and tapering off. Success is about increasing sales into the hundreds of millions.
But unlike an iPad, netbooks don't list as a system requirement that you also purchase a computer.
Its required that you purchase a computer? Come on............
This whole notion that it's "netbooks vs tablets" is as silly as the "Apple vs the world" position fostered by so many here.
How many people would need or want to own both a tablet and netbook?
There are many form factors to choose from, and many vendors and OSes to choose from. Use what you enjoy, but don't lead yourself into believing that people who have different preferences than yours are somehow inferior.
I do not understand the need or desire to run a full desktop OS and full desktop apps on a tiny underpowered machine. Versus running an OS specifically designed for its form factor and limited hardware running apps specifically designed for its form factor and limited hardware.