Originally Posted by Abster2core
I like Mossberg, but I take exception of his contention that the new iMacs are evolutionary and not revolutionary.
Nope he is pretty much correct in his choice of words for the hardware. Snow Leopard might be seen as more revolutionary if it is successful in moving software to wider adoption of parallel processing.
If, as many of the early reviews bear out, i.e., the new iMacs could well cause a resurgence of desktop sales and displace the current trend to the mobile platform, that in itself could be considered 'revolutionary'.
Replacing a crap computer with a highly salable one is not revolutionary at all. It is more like finally waking up to the fact that sales are in the tank because you have an overpriced crap machine.
The new iMacs are an incredibly good value now, especially with the I series CPUs. The only thing missing is a Nvidia GPU.
In addition, the suggestion of using them as an external display for DisplayPort devices and the new iMac display's IPS screen technology for HDTV-style viewing via a wall mount, could, in fact, help endorse Mossberg's declaration to the contrary.
Would you mind rewriting that in clear English?
All we are really getting here is a far better value than normal from Apple. I call that adjusting to market forces. Whatever it actually is these new iMacs are a great value.
But, perhaps Mossberg is more of a god than I believe him to be. Only time will tell.
What is the matter with you? He is only a well educated person trying to offer up balanced reporting. Frankly he is surprisingly good and credible at his attempts.
As for following the industry trend toward bargain-basement prices, thank goodness. Obviously, he has missed the same competitors' trend towards bargain basement offerings and services.
Again I don't know what you are saying here. In any event the price on the iMacs is extremely competitive. The Mac Book isn't that bad either.
But think about this a bit, these are prices right before the Christmas shopping season. If (it is a big if) Apple has trouble moving Mac Books they have all sorts of room to adjust prices. Or more importantly for certain segments of the consummer market they can have a sale.
Besides all of that, with respect to the Mac Book, are people comparing computers of equal quality? This is very important because I don't see a huge gap in prices when similar hardware is compared. Yeah Apple is a little bit more expensive most of the time but not grossly so.
I should also like to add, that Mossberg should perhaps follow his own edict and begin to provide more value for his services. Otherwise, his appearance here could be more revolutionary than evolutionary.
In his industry your value is determined by the number of readers that search out your materials. Since this guy seems to be well respected I suspect his employer puts a high value on him. What is notable here is that many in this thread would be living on bread and water if they tried to make a living in the public eye like Mossberg does.