If the iMac doesn't compete in the tower market logic dictates Apple doesn't have a solution for Tower buyers they're aiming at from the Switcher club. Not all switchers are going to want an iMac...no matter how attractive it is. They may want their OWN monitor and a CHOICE of components not the ones Apple 'funnels' them into. It's called 'choice' and it's something they're used to.
You can't give people freedom, choice and then take it away. That's why Apple's desktop line doesn't do as well as it could. It's not just down to offering out of step components and excessive prices for those said out of date components. If Apple wants to drag even more switchers across and make the conversion line go near vertical...they need to offer a few things, a netbook alternative and a tower alternative and the iMac just isn't it.
Lemon Bon Bon.
Sadly, you hit the nail on the head for me.
Yes, I like the fact that Macs aren't as susceptible to viruses as PCs, thought I wonder if their market share gets big enough as Stevie would want, more virus writers will take a hard look at OSX.
Yes, I like the fact that Macs do things a little more intuitively. But for what I plan on doing with my computer, good third party software will do all that, and I don't know of much software that I can't get for a PC.
But the whole idea of choice is the sticking point. With Apple, there are only three. A Mac Pro really isn't a choice (for may people) given it's price, and I don't need the portability of a Macbook Pro.
That leaves the iMac, a seal-a-meal, all-in-one, dead end. I can't add anything without a UBS leash, I can't get a better or cheaper screen If I choose. I can't upgrade the GPU in a couple years, if I choose. If the screen developers a problem, I have to bring the whole thing into Apple. I can't hook up the computer part to another monitor if I choose without having TWO monitors taking up space on my desk.
The more I think about this whole thing and read some of the comments from Apple diehards about how the desktop is dead and implying I an outdated moron for wanting one, the more of a turn-off the whole lack of choice is and turns me away form considering Apple. Just in time for Windows 7