Originally Posted by mcarling
Apple's objective is not to maintain margins. Apple's objective is to (continue to) increase margins. Apple have again and again demonstrated a willingness to accept smaller gains in market share in order to increase margins. I don't see any reason to expect that to change.
Margins are important but I'm not convinced it is in Apples best interest to try to increase margins. Margins better than the industry average are OK, but as a company being interested soley in fatter margins is a path to destruction.
Yes, absolutely. However, I'm not convinced that the MacBook Pro is seeing any sort of sales slump. If sales are slumping, then certainly Apple should bump the specs.
As a business and market leader you don't wait for slump.
Can we agree that at some future time it will make sense for Apple to drop internal HD support and go SSD only? We can disagree about whether that time will come in six months or six years. If we can agree that Apple will eventually do this, there is some advantage to doing it at the same time as dropping the optical brick because engineering one major redesign costs less than engineering two major redesigns. Also, it's seems that Apple are very interesting in pushing customers into the iCloud, which going SSD only would help to do.
We can certainly agree that it will happen some time. Personally I think that time is far away because Flash technology won't get us there. Beyond that case engineering costs over three years or so are trivial.
About iCloud, it has nothing to offer to help with the need for local storage. I can't even see a technology on the horizon that would make off device storage feasible much less desired.
I have not put any thought into which interface is better, so I'll take your word for it. I only note that Apple recently chose mSATA for this application.
Apples AIR storage modules are proprietary they are not mSATA. However that isn't the issue anyways, what I want Apple to do is to use an industry standard module some of which are just emerging. Standized modules keep prices down. More importantly a PCI - Express interface would result in longer term use of the interface.
At this point my primary concern is avoidance of proprietary interfaces. However a new standard must be a long term play.
Have you looked at pricing for 4Mb DRAM chips?
Yes but have you looked at the state of RAM manufactures? Besides the is a marginal value in using fewer chips.
I agree, expect that I would be surprised to see Apple support USB3.
I wouldn't be surprised one bit. USB 3 doesn't effectively compete with Thunderbolt so there is no downside to supporting it.
No, I don't think that is an accurate characterization of my expectations. I expect Apple to pursue their strategic objectives. That includes making Macs more like consumer electronics and less like DIY PeeCees.
Apple has really good hardware that already covers the consumer world. That doesn't mean that they can't produce a machine for the professional world. I don't buy the one or the other argument, it is like saying Chevy should only produce sedans and give up on the Corvet. As long as both markets exist it should not be a problem to build hardware for both.
Apples problem right now is the lack of hardware for the professional as the Mac Pro is a bit of a joke.