Asus eeePC 900 Netbook on top of Apple Macbook Pro. Source..
Gregg Keizer of ComputerWorld reported last November that Apple will roll out a netbook this year, 2009. This is despite the fact that Steve Jobs had previously disclosed that Apple [does not] know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.
"The slipping economy will force Apple to address a glaring omission in its line-up, [the netbook]" Keizer wrote. And interestingly, it appears his claim has found added support;
CNET released an article yesterday exploring a radical idea of a low powered Apple computer with an AMD core:
I see an upscale Netbook-like Apple computer with, let's say, a slightly smaller form factor than the Apple MacBook Air. Maybe an 11-inch or 12-inch design packing low-power (and relatively inexpensive) AMD Yukon or Congo silicon. This would not be a Netbook clone--and would offer much better graphics silicon than a Netbook--allowing Apple to sufficiently differentiate itself.
Notebook sales surpassed that of Desktops during the last quarter of 2008. And ISupply attributed this to the increase in Netbook sales the world over. Acer Aspire One became the top selling netbook of 2008, overtaking Asus' eeePC sales and making Acer the 3rd most successful laptop brand of 2008 in terms of sales.
Apple Netbook? Makes sense.