Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
And you are wrong about the Cube. Its performance was hardly "very poor" relative to the cost. In fact, it used exactly the same CPU, system bus, and graphics cards as the tower G4 sold at the very same time. It was even less expensive than a PowerMac with the same specs. It was a PowerMac G4 in a different form factor. That was its only distinction.
Amusingly yet another "fact" you're wrong about yet again.
The cube cost $200 more
than the equivalent PowerMac G4, not less at launch. After poor sales they significantly reduced the price.
450Mhz G4 Cube $1,799 July 2000 dropped to $1,299 Feb 22, 2001 (before being discontinued)
64MB RAM, 20GB HDD, ACG ATI Rage 128 Prohttp://www.everymac.com/systems/appl..._450_cube.html
400Mhz G4 PowerMac (Gigabit) $1,599 July 2000.
64MB RAM, 20GB HDD, AGP ATI Rage 128 Prohttp://www.everymac.com/systems/appl..._g4_400_2.html
The 450Mhz G4 Tower was a DP unit with significantly
450Mhz PowerMac G4 DP (Gigabit) $2,499
128MB RAM, 30GB HDD, AGP ATI RAGE 128 Prohttp://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...g4_450_dp.html
The 500Mhz Cube was $2,299. A very sucky deal vs the $2,499 DP Powermac for $200 more.
Pretty much everyone agreed at the time that the G4 Cube cost too much in comparison with the G4 Gigabit towers which is why very few people bought one. Undercut at the low end by the base model Powermac and completely obliterated by the mid-tier Powermac.
Perhaps if it launched at the $1,299 price point and there was no single processor Powermac it would have been an instant success. There IS a reason that the current Mac Pro is priced and configured the way it is. If there were a $1,599 Mac Pro the iMac wouldn't do nearly as well as it does.
The cube form factor did very little to offset the higher cost and limited expansion capability. Unlike the MBA, the form factor has no real useful advantage over the nice looking tower that was typically hidden under the desk anyway.
Whether a $1000 tablet will do well vs the $1000 MB is an interesting question and a valid point. Personally, I don't think Steve is of the habit of repeating the same costly mistakes so I would be surprised with a $1000 tablet.
$399 iPod Touch, $699 Tablet and $999 Macbook seems a much smoother product lineup.
A $999 slate that smoothly docked into a keyboard + aux battery base (to form a notebook) and the MB removed from the lineup I could see that working as well. That solves a few other issues as well but really isn't Apple's design philosophy so I really doubt this scenario. Especially since this is 90% probable to be an ARM based tablet and not a Moorestown one. Even then Moorestown is probably too slow.
Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
You'd think people would have gotten tired of underestimating the intelligence of the people who run Apple, gotten tired of being mistaken. You'd think.
The Cube and aTV are two examples of products that have not been huge Apple successes. You may or may not add MBA to that category even if I like the little guy. I'd be hard pressed to buy one over a 13" MBP though. I also like the aTV but it hasn't been selling like say...the iPhone. Then there are a couple other accessory items that haven't done well. Like the iPod Hi Fi.
They have very impressive home run records with very few strikeouts. That doesn't make them infallible.
The lesson here is, when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
A lesson that would be good to learn as opposed to preach.