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October 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Winer on Steve Jobs sneering at cheap laptops

biz1stevelaptop.jpgPundits are all over Apple’s iPhone numbers disclosed during Tuesday’s earnings report, but another thing stood out:

Steve Jobs’ comment about inexpensive computers.

“We don’t know how to build a sub $500 computer that is not a piece of junk,” he said.

Why let politicians have all the fun with class warfare during a recession? The guy obviously didn’t get this message on his Starbucks cup.

The best take may be Dave Winer’s thoughtful analysis, saying that “As with all Jobsisms, it’s beautifully elegant, true — and misleading. You have to read it very carefully.”

From Winer’s perspective as a Mac user, sub-$500 netbooks “are not pieces of junk. Quite the opposite, they are elegant Mac-like products, and you can be absolutely sure behind the scenes Steve is throwing tantrums at his engineers day and night extolling their virtues and telling them to hurry up cause their lunch is being eaten. This is the same guy who said people don’t want video on their iPods until he had an iPod with video.”

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