Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Uh, nope. Which is exactly why the iMac operates AS a display. You want to upgrade, do it. Use the iMac as a display with the hardware turned off. They've been able to do that for years.
That's a workaround, and not a terribly flexible one, either. It would make more sense for Apple to try to sell two Thunderbolt displays to those who need them. Some users want two like displays, and some prefer one large one and one smaller one for pallets, so using an old iMac as a display doesn't work. And what about those who need to run a wide color gamut display but do not need a Xeon workstation? Should they just "buy from someone else" as you put it? That's a winning business model!
And for almost 15 years, Apple's marketshare has increased and profits skyrocketed. Obviously the hole doesn't even exist.
Flogging this one again, eh? I'll file this is in the "Apple is profitable so their hardware and business model are perfect" file.
Odd that you'd find Apple fans on an Apple fan forum, huh?
So buy from someone else.
If I wasn't an Apple fan I wouldn't own a Mac Pro, two Minis, and two Power Mac G4s, with a MacBook on the way as soon as the news ones go on sale.
Interestingly, I bought both my Power Macs new from Apple. I bought my Mac Pro used and upgraded the processor myself. Why? Because I'll pay a little extra for an Apple tower, but not crazy stupid extra. Apple lost a sale to me because of their inability or unwillingness to offer a desktop solution that fits my needs.
In any event, I'd venture to guess that Apple doesn't sell many desktops because of their cool designs. People buy Mac desktops because Mac OS X is a superior OS. I'd also hazard to guess that what bugs people about "PCs" is Windows, not the hardware. Some of the hardware one the other side is brilliant, far better than Apple's hardware IMO, and not just because it's cheaper. But I must say that I love the Mac Pro's design, both functional and cosmetic, that tower is is work of art. It could use a little tweaking so it can use SSDs without modifications, but that's nitpicking. In fact I'm now modding my Mac Pro's optical bay for SSDs based on a design I saw on eBay;
the guy gutted an optical drive, riveted a couple aluminum rails on it, and it looks sweet! I can't wait to get a couple of SSDs to try it out.