Originally Posted by MacBook Pro
I will only add that Apple poses a credible potential threat to television manufacturers, subscription television service, game consoles, entertainment software and advertising as we know today.
If Apple can provide a competitively priced alternative to the current model with competitive advantages such as the following then their long term success is assured:
Subscription television service supported via a nominal fee and iAd advertising (ala Hulu)
Multi-user "mission control" (think of a digital version of the proverbial front of the refrigerator with a family schedule, home voicemail, intra-family messaging)
Game Center with obligatory game console functionality
The key is to make the user experience so compelling that the average user doesn't feel they need to connect several different devices or services (cable box, Blu-ray player, game console).
As much as I hate to admit it, consoles is where apple will have problems with complete saturation.
If I could believe apple would be able to overtake that market I wouldn't have a PS3 (first generation. I have some old games I like to be able to play) and a Wii.
If there was a way they could do that without infringing on The Move System from Sony, the controller format for the Wii, or even the Kinetic System from Microsoft, I feel they might actually have a chance, but until then, I worry they will not even be able to come close.
Apple would build cars furniture, if they could figure out a way to competitively price it and somehow make it fit under their company model.
And we would buy them, no matter how overpriced they may be.
There is also one thing I forgot -
The next step for apple would be to modify front stage into an iOS style interface and add that to the mini to make a new mid level machine as well.