Rik Myslewski, writing for The Register last week, “Netbooks Projected to Become Extinct by 2015”:
Proving yet again that fame and fortune are fleeting — even for
computer hardware — the analysts at IHS are projecting that the
netbook, the New Hotness just a few short years ago, will
disappear completely by 2015. […] In a new report entitled
“Compute Electronics Market Tracker”, IHS analyst Craig Stice puts
the blame for the netbook’s demise squarely upon the shoulders of
the tablet market — and specifically Apple’s iPad.
And these days, customers - especially the proverbial starving
students - are seeking low-cost computing devices that will allow
them to take notes in class, check their email, write papers, and
surf the web, all without straining their backpack bedecked backs
as they tote them around campus.
It was just over a year ago when Apple edged out Dell as the
laptop-of-choice among college students. The rise of the netbook
may have made that victory a short-lived one.