Apple reveals Q2 financial results, comments on netbook

Apple has gone and posted up the financial results for operations during the second quarter of 2009. Not only this, but they commented on the possibility of an Apple netbook in the future.

According to the press release, "Apple sold 2.22 million Macintosh® computers during the quarter, representing a three percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 11.01 million iPods during the quarter, representing three percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone units sold were 3.79 million representing 123 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter." Apple posted a revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion. Apple has said the results exceeded their expectations, despite the lacking economy. As you may know, there have been many rumors about an Apple netbook, and they have once again commented on these. Tim Cook, an executive of Apple, has stated, "For us it's about doing great products. When I'm looking at what's sold in the Netbook market, I see cramped keyboards, junky hardware, very small screen, bad software. Not a consumer experience that we would put the Mac brand on. As it exists today, we're not interested in nor would it be something customers would be interested in the long term. We are looking at the space. For those who want a small computer that does browsing/email, they might want an iPhone or iPod Touch. If we find a way to deliver an innovative product that really makes a contribution, we'll do that. We have some interesting ideas. The product pipeline is fantastic for the Mac. We've historically exceeded the market rate of growth, especially given this economy is an extraordinary achievement. These netbook sales are propping up the unit numbers for the industry. We are very pleased with our performance."

They've also stated that Steve Jobs is still well on track for a return to Apple at the end of June, potentially for a WWDC comeback. Only time will tell in this respect, but it's interesting to see that Apple is still doing well, despite a touch economy and the historically higher prices of their products.

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Wow...Apple's dropped the ball on this one. If they had something similar to offer I wouldn't have just purchased a Dell Mini.

The whole purpose of netbooks is not that they are small or w.e... its that they are cheaper. Apple couldn't do it because nothing they sell is cheap.

They don't because you can't even edit your word documents and not only so the safari browser on it sucks! no flash?! WTH???

I find it amazing people complain about the size of netbooks, when that's what the point of them is. Small size.

Do you complain that a small city car is small?

Kirkburn said,
I find it amazing people complain about the size of netbooks, when that's what the point of them is. Small size.

Do you complain that a small city car is small?

I think it has more to do with not being able to find one with a goofy glowing fruit symbol on the back. These same people slagging on netbooks here would probably be overdosing on smug if they could sit in starbucks with an iNetbook.

I'm sure anyone can type faster on a netbook than an iPhone but the point is that you're comparing a 3.5" device to a 10.1" device

Well - no. I'm not making the comparison. Apple made the comparison when it suggested the iPhone or iPod Touch as an alternative solution to Netbooks. I quote:

"For those who want a small computer that does browsing/email, they might want an iPhone or iPod Touch"

And I was saying that, for browsing and email, whilst the iPhone / iPod Touch is an excellent solution, you just can't be anywhere near as efficient on that as you can on a Netbook!

It does seem a bit of a stretch to dismiss Netbooks as having cramped keyboards, and reccommend an iPhone / iPod Touch in the same breath. If we wanna talk about cramped keyboards, lets talk about the iPhone! Willing to bet I can type a heck of a lot of quicker an on a Netbook than I can my iPhone!

I'm sure anyone can type faster on a netbook than an iPhone but the point is that you're comparing a 3.5" device to a 10.1" device- almost three times the size. Now if you look at a MacBook/MBA, you are comparing a 10.1" with a 13.3" or something 30% bigger and not 300% better.

I tried Netbooks, the ASUS 901 and the MSI Wind but they're not for me. I much prefer my MacBook Air or my Sony Z with their 13" screens and a much better keyboard. Yes, they cost more than the Netbook but I'd rather pay double and use a product for five times longer.

Chicane-UK said,
It does seem a bit of a stretch to dismiss Netbooks as having cramped keyboards, and reccommend an iPhone / iPod Touch in the same breath. If we wanna talk about cramped keyboards, lets talk about the iPhone! Willing to bet I can type a heck of a lot of quicker an on a Netbook than I can my iPhone!

It does seem a bit of a stretch to dismiss Netbooks as having cramped keyboards, and reccommend an iPhone / iPod Touch in the same breath.

Not really IMHO, as an iPhone is at least much smaller, so it warrants the cramped keyboard. For some, netbooks are good, but for others, it's just not a good middle ground, and then it's better to side with either small or big.

the virtual keyboard on the iPhone makes it cramped and also a lot slower. If they had a physical keyboard like WinMo phones, then that would be a better alternative to a Netbook.

I hate netbooks. They're crap. No offence, but the 13 inch macbook is tiny already ... anything smaller is just stupid. Netbooks are used for very basic quick net work and email etc on the move. He's right about using PDA style devices for it. They're just as good.

I agree with you. I've huddled my Windows Mobile PDA the whole time this netbook craze has been flying around.

I still haven't gotten the benefits of them, but choice is never a bad thing. If people see value in a netbook over a PDA then they can do that. For me a PDA is far more versatile and an overall better choice.

Well...
A) A PDA is smaller than a notebook so it's a bit odd to recommend that for work when you've already said anything smaller than 13" is stupid
B) Many people prefer a keyboard not to mention a full OS as opposed to the mobile ones you'll find on the PDA
C) They're cost efficient and compete well and in many cases favorably to PDA's. Here you could buy two netbooks for the price of an iPhone.
D) For many people they aren't too small. It's relative. I could say a 17" laptop is small and anything smaller such as your 13" is stupid. Different needs for different people.

Theres a place in the market for both systems. I'd also argue both have distinct tasks they are better at than the other, just as if I was comparing a phone and PC or whatever else. They both have different Niche's if you ask me.

Hmm.. it is a tough one. I've got the benefit of extensively using both Netbooks and my iPhone as a comparison. I did originally argue to myself that I couldn't justify buying a netbook because the iPhone just didn't feel THAT much of a compromise in terms of how it behaved on the internet and so forth. Customised applications such as the eBay and Facebook application REALLY help there as they streamline the experience for the majority of users and just trim out the more advanced features.

But as I've tried to use the net on the iPhone more and more, I do find myself thinking about buying a netbook. I bought my girlfriend an Aspire One last year and she loves it - and having spent some time using it, as well as a friends MSI Wind (and the Toshiba NB100), I'm fairly impressed with them overall. For what you get vs what it costs, it's an excellent deal. But it just means another device to carry around with you - and that's sort of why I bought the iPhone as it helped combine many products into one package!

Hmm...

The Dell Mini 12 unsurprisingly has a 12 inch screen which is pretty close to that. And have you tried to write a document using a PDA / smart phone? I like smart phones, but they are nothing like a netbook which is a full fledged system.

Mac Mini has NO keyboard, junky hardware, and NO screen, and they charge a ton of money for it. Dunno why you'd bother. I don't think Apple could make enough money off their netbook as it would cost just as much as a full-size PC, and I think more people would take notice of this and stay away.

And when they do release something almost like a netbook they'll claim they invented it. This is typical Apple, sitting and waiting and watching the success and failure of products and then releasing their own which they claim is the end all be all. That's fine, but don't sit and say that netbooks are crap when everyone knows you're eventually going to make one at double the price!

i haven't taken any Apple related financial gains, in the stock market, seriously ever since Kramer went on the Daily Show and admitted to John Stewart that Apple fabricated stock market gains and where Kramer agreed to release that news as authentic. Just watch the recap on Stewart's website. I'm sure this case is also applicable to other companies too, other than Apple...

I don't know how one person could be so wrong about such a very, very straightforward clip.

Kramer was talking about SHORT SELLING Apple, i.e. creating false NEGATIVE news to drive Apple prices DOWN.

The strategy has no tie to any connection with Apple or any fabrication of gains. And is solely the work of traders and hedge funds, no manipulation of stock market gains (or losses). Such an admission would put several people in jail.

No one cares what you take seriously because you can't be taken seriously.

What arrogant people

When I'm looking at what's sold in the Netbook market, I see cramped keyboards, junky hardware, very small screen, bad software

Hmmm... because they are a NETBOOK not a notebook... How is the software any different than any other Windows laptop.... oh wait, because it's not OSX

For those who want a small computer that does browsing/email, they might want an iPhone or iPod Touch
Not the same at all. Try typing a paper on a iphone... doesn't work. Heck try viewing any flash based website.... doesn't work.

Oh wait, it's apple. It must be good

I have to agree, except when it comes to netbooks. Not the part about crap, but price and functionality. I was in Staples earlier today and decided to see what the fuss was all about when it came to netbooks. Hmmmm!!!, to small of a keyboard, same with the screen (reminds me of my old Mac Plus, and Color Mac of the mid 80's to mid 90's (don't want to go back to those days, especially after looking at a 28" Hannspree monitor, and 17" laptop monitor).

Oh, forgot, the price was just a bit high. There was a 17" HP laptop with a full keyboard and all the fixings for $699.00, and a Dell 10" with a wee keyboard at the cost of $789.00 (same processor for both machines). Boy sure glad I didn't have to make a choice..................

Brandon, they're talking about what might be future competitors - what do you expect them to say, that the machines are terrific? Very few companies will give a nod of respect to their competitors. Instead of decrying it as arrogance, why not take it in stride as potentially valid criticism of the current crop of netbooks? If Apple wants to try and redesign netbooks from the ground up, let 'em. At worst, they fail and lose a few million/billion. At best, the netbook form factor gets an overhaul that'll be copied by everyone else and will immediately make the form more usable to a number of people. This is why competition is a good thing.

I have to admit, he does sound somewhat arrogant here. Especially about the software. Many Linux distributions run unbridled and unabridged on netbooks (unlike windoze). And to say Linux is bad software is fallacious. I think they are jaded because of the popularity and competitiveness of these systems. And the fact they don't currently have an equivalent product out on the market.

I don't understand how you can knock a netbook for having a small screen and keyboard but in the same breath recommend and iphone or ipod touch to those same people. I'll give him the bad software, but junky hardware seriously that's a big stretch.

Yea, and the iPhone can't even do everything, like write Word documents. Apple just loves to slander against anything they don't make themselves.