Originally Posted by OO9 Lives
Fantastic. I've been holding off buying a current gen iMac because I feared new models would be released within months. I'll be intrigued to see the new design and new features. When will they officially announce them though? I don't know of any Apple events until early next year.
actually you don't know of any Apple events early next year either. they aren't doing MacWorld anymore which was the only early year standing event. in part because now they can release things when they have something ready, not on someone else's calendar or paying them for the privilege of being there to draw a crowd in.
as for when they might release something on the desktops, logic says before holiday shopping is full swing. but don't expect a huge physical redesign. Apple seems rather happy with the current look so any changes will be subtle and/or internal.
Originally Posted by Quadra 610
It makes one wonder why a a few people around these parts think Apple have put Macs on the backburner because they care more about iPhones and iPods. It seems to me that Apple is giving each of its key divisions plenty of attention.
yep, rather than slam folks with too much at once, they go in waves. last winter it was mainly software (I think there was a light upgrade/price drop to the imacs, etc), hit june with the back to school/laptop refresh, september for the ipods/itunes and then somewhere around oct-nov we get the family friendly desktops just in time for that "Christmas" shopping
Originally Posted by shadow
Just to re-itterate the obvious:
[LIST=1][*]Apple (or SJ) believes that the customer does not know in terms of technical details what he or she wants. But the customer can make the choise when there are alternatives.
and they would be correct. the majority (and by that I mean the 85-90% that don't read and have never heard of sites like this one) don't know the difference and don't care. they want to know what they can do and how long it will take. period.
it's only the technogeeks that dig into the specs and debate if this or that graphics card is better and what's the speed difference between DDR2 and DDR3 etc
Originally Posted by Aquatic
One thing I noticed about the flat iMacs with the "chin" in a computer lab is several of them had been moved forward and the power cord came out. And the stupid way the cord goes through a hole in the stand made it a pain to plug in. Don't know how to solve that, but they should look into that. Anyone else seen this happen?
nope. not at all. in fact I find that it's more a pain unplugging them.
Originally Posted by Frank777
Right now the Mac customer base is being force-fed the iMac or directed toward the laptop line, since the Pro is ridiculously expensive and the Mini is ridiculously underpowered.
your opinion and not a shared one. many folks think the Pro is priced just fine and the Mini is a great little machine for what they want to use it for (and they aren't trying to make it a Pro level tower in a small box)
If HP or Dell can design a decent customer tower and Windows 7 is well received, things may improve on the Mac desktop side as well.
or not. at least not to your definition of 'improve' cause what you think is a must is probably not what the majority cares about.
also Apple has never been one to lock step to what the boys in the WinHood were up to. so don't ever try to play the "well if Dell is doing it, Apple will to" game.
Originally Posted by archer75
Notice where you said "I have no need". Don't start thinking you speak for everyone. Many people do have a need.
take your own advice as well. what you think everyone needs is not always the truth.
this is the dark side of boards like this. folks get up on the soapbox talking about systems have to have this, not having that is stupid blah blah. but they forget that they are among the elite, not the common man. and what they are calling must haves is really what they themselves want, not what the masses will buy. and the masses are where the real money is.
Originally Posted by 4miler
I'm just hoping this update of the iMac and MacBook Pro will see the matte, anti-glare option coming back to the full range of Macs.
that call is easy. are the sales likely there.
with the laptops they had AG 15 and 17 in the stores. and they likely have numbers saying that the 15s didn't sell at all and the 17 barely did. so they dropped it. why waste the money (especially since the price was the same). there was screaming so they bring it back but now with an added cost and only one of the 3 15 models can be bought in store as AG.
if the sales of the custom item pan out, they will likely bring it back to the stores. with the imac and the display they could try the same game. make it a custom, slight cost item and see if it really sales. or if it is really just a very vocal 1% screaming about how AG is a must and most folks don't really care
remember at all times and in all things that this is a business and it is about making money.