New York Times says search engines detecting unannounced Apple device

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Appended to an otherwise standard write-up of Apple's recent quarterly earnings call, The New York Times' John Markoff dropped this bombshell:

That would seem to confirm findings that a search engine company shared with me on condition that I not reveal its name: The company spotted Web visits from an unannounced Apple product with a display somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook. Is it the iPhone 3.0 or the NetMac 1.0?

It's not hard to believe that Apple is at least prototyping a netbook. But combined with Jobs' statement that the iPhone is Apple's netbook, it's more likely to be a higher-def iPhone, following the suit of smartphones like HTC's Touch HD.

Or, more likely, neither. As Gadget Lab's Charlie "Steal My Bike, Please" Sorrel points out, a Hackintosh netbook such as an MSI Wind would report itself as OS X 10.5.5 with a screen resolution of 1024x600... definitely "somewhere between" an iPhone and a MacBook's display.

Read My Lips: Apple is a netbook maker [New York Times via Mac Rumors]

* - A netbook needs to be the form factor of a traditional laptop, but shrunk down to the limits of comfortable usability. The iPhone is no more a netbook than a netbook is a PDA.

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