Originally Posted by Carmissimo
Most Macs are not typically unaffordable. They are different enough that a direct comparison with offerings from the PC side is rather tricky. For instance, the Mac Mini might, at first glance, appear expensive but if you factor in the software that it comes with, not so much. Apple doesn't gouge consumers re the OS to the extent Microsoft has. There is only one OS for laptops and desktops and the most recent upgrade was very reasonably priced. As well, the iLfe suite, included with the Mini, is a very good package, certainly better than what is included with your typical PC. The Mini is a good value, taken as a whole.
The iPhone isn't overpriced, neither is the iMac or the various iPods. Apple makes more money by offering products at a lower price point but it balances that off with the goal of being perceived as a higher-grade alternative. Apple doesn't do cheap but it does do affordable. There is a difference.
I have to disagree strongly that Macs are affordable computers.
The MacMini, if the user has quality peripherals, is affordable.
The MacBook only recently hit the $999 price point. It is just barely affordable.
The iMac has just recently come down close to reality and is almost affordable.
Every configuration beyond that is unjustifiable for most of the population. If you need proof the amount of advertising Apple does vs. units sold will tell you all you ever need to know. If people could afford Macs, they'd buy them. Slowly, the adoption rate is increasing, but we're still talking small chunks of market share.
The iPhone itself is $99 which makes it a major player. At $80/mon it carries a higher than average monthly bill for U.S. mobiles, but that trend is changing rapidly. The iPhone is properly price. Perhaps perfectly.
Macs, not so much. I'm still sitting at $1500 iMac, but I know how to get my money's worth from it. The average computer user would and could not.
The average computer user in 2010 isn't even a computer user. They are Web/App users. They want the goodies without any of the sweat. Personally it disgusts me, but its reality.