[quote]Originally posted by Junkyard Dawg:
<strong>A flat panel isn't any good if you can't use it with your computer, is it? Even Powerbook and iBook users cannot use the Apple LCD displays...that's a pathetic, terrible design flaw.
But you're right, the screen itself is nice. The problem is with the design of the LCD.
I think what Apple should do is drop ADC.
1. ADC makes Apple displays incompatible with most other computers, thus hurting Apple sales.
2. ADC makes Mac video cards more expensive, thus hurting Mac users.
3. ADC makes it harder for a video card company to make a Mac video card, thus hurting Mac user's choice.
4. ADC offers no clear benefits over VGA. Nobody was complaining about a few extra cords prior to ADC. I personally think a computer with a nest of cords in back of it looks dead cool, sort of Borg-ish in nature.
5. ADC increases the cost of motherboards by forcing Apple to put a power supply for Apple displays in the mobo.
6. ADC forces Apple to use only LCD displays, or only CRT displays 17" and smaller, because the ADC cannot provide enough power for larger CRT displays. (but of course larger CRT VGA displays can be used).
All in all, ADC only hurts Mac owners. In some cases Apple's proprietary designs help mac users, like with Firewire, but ADC is simply being different for the sake of being different. VGA would cut the manufacturing costs for Apple, improving their margins. And nobody, I mean NOBODY, is going to buy a Mac because the monitor lacks a power cord. That's ridiculous.</strong><hr></blockquote>
1.) You buy a mac you own a mac. Apple is not in the market to worry about its compatibility hardware wise with PCs. They don't want PC users to buy and use their cool mac peripherals. same thing with the iPod. Mac only
2.) Apple has priced the ADC enabled cards at street price. 399 for the Geforce 4 Ti is what you would pay elsewhere. no increased cost there. Onyly problem is getting older cards.
3.) Nothing harder about it. Switching either the VGA or DVI port for an ADC port is trivial. It doesn't add much if anything to the cost and they only have to add the plug onto the card to access the power/usb slot on the motherboard.
4.) Maybe if you said over DVI you would have a bit better arguement but ADC offers a lot more of VGA, most notaby a digital connection. I don't want to see apple starting to implement analog circuitry again and getting a bad signal.
And again, a mac is supose to be elegant, easy to use, "clean", simple. ADC delivers on that. A single plug and you're set, no cable mess.
5.) Uh... there is no power supply "in the motherboard". ADC displays feed off the mac's main power supply
6.) You have no basis for comlaint here. You make no sense. ADC isn't limiting your CRT choices in the slightest. Not at all. So what exactly is your point?
Also, ADC is not proprietary and Firewire is DEFINITELY not proprietary. There is no basis for saying just using VGA would cut cost. If anything ADC may actually be cheaper for Apple as they only need to supply one power supply for both a tower and a display