Because Apple will adopt touch screen technology on its netbooks, Apple will not target low-end consumers, avoiding direct competition with Acer, Asus, as well as their less-than-500-dollars netbooks. Apple’s netbook (or a “tablet” as many call it,) will probably be sold at around $800 USD each.
Considering the odd netbook/tablet, switcheroo, I’m skeptical of this rumor, although I’d be delighted to be wrong. Also, a somewhat reliable source of mine in the past swears that he’s had his hands on a prototype version of the iTablet with a 7-inch screen, because supposedly a friend of his works in Apple’s R&D department. So 9 inches sounds too big, because of this bit of unconfirmable leaked information that I’ve never mentioned here before because of how sketchy it is.