Originally Posted by Clive At Five
Damn, enough with the AIOs already!
Look. I KNOW
most people don't upgrade their computer's internals. I KNOW
people want an "It Just Works" experience. I
want an "It Just Works" experience...
But, I'm a practical guy... maybe too practical. If it weren't for the GPU and CPU, a computer could last, maybe 8 years. Why do I say 8? Because the last Mac I bought was my circa 2002 G4 iMac desklamp. For E-mail and browsing, it's still perfect. For anything else? Not a chance. The GPU was outdated by '04 (and that's even being generous), and the 800MHz G4, well, it's not the greatest, but it certainly does simple tasks.
The short of it is that if people would be able to upgrade those components once during a computer's life, its life-cycle would be doubled. And performing the replacement (the GPU, at least) is really rather trivial.
I take a look at my PC tower. I've been running on the same hardware for roughly four years already. For $50 I doubled my RAM, and for another $260, I'll more than quadruple the GPU power. And installing those things couldn't be easier. Literally. I'd be surprised if my grandmother couldn't replace a graphics card, and she has dementia. For a little over $300, I'll have nearly a brand new PC... and I'll have exactly what I need, no more, and no less.
"So you want an upgradeable Mac? Get a MacPro." I don't NEED fully-buffered RAM, I don't NEED freaking DUAL Xeon processors, I don't NEED a kajillion flippity flops -- Who on earth NEEDS that, unless you're in Final Cut all day?
Like I said, I'm too practical to for a MacPro. I'm too practical for a non-upgradeable iMac.
I just need a tower that can grow with me as my needs grow. And I need it to "Just Work."
So, Apple... build us an xMac. I neeeeeeeeeeeeeed it! My iMac is begging for death, so let me put it to soft, sweet sleep already! May it pass the torch to a new Mac -- one that will actually suit my needs and not the hundred things I don't need.