Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
Hmm. I never thought of 'begrudging' when Apple launched the iMac that basically kickstarted the revolution of their dramatic and unprecedented business comeback.
IMac helped pull them out of the whole they where in. However the greatest come back in corporate history was driven by other products.
I had Power Mac clone. It cost £2k. Before the extras. I was very excited by the iMac. It was an excellent consumer machine that put Apple and 'Mac' back on the map. It truly was the computer for the 'rest of us' as it finally delivered a Mac under 1k (despite the plethora of comments on here back in '97 that Apple should never do 'cheap'/will never do a sub 1k Mac etc, 'didn't need...etc. (Sound familiar?) Ironic that these days that Apple don't have a sub k iMac. Most of that era's excitement and sales for desktops was all about the iMac. I remember it well.
I don't buy that, I could make the argument that Linux all by itself was similarly exciting.
These days? My how the iMac has grown in power and style. And doubled in sales too. As a million+ seller, the iMac is doing as well as any single desktop model might by Apple or any other company.
Effectively it is Apple only full desktop model thus it does well by default.
You could think of the 21 inch iMac as the 'Air' and the 27 inch version as the Pro. Having now played with both and seen them apply to two different types of buyers...I can see how it covers the desktop consumer and the desktop pro.
Only if you can accept the built in monitor and its hard to service nature.
The mini is for those who have no budget. The 'Pro' is for those who have no budget. If you know what I mean.
For many business a computer is a trivial expense.
I used to think I needed a tower over an iMac. The classic x-mac. But 16 years later, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. :P The blue and white value tower became a 2k poor value tower...all these years later. And one rarely updated at that...and one out of touch with it's original market I think. At least in value, accessibility and power as well as relevance. In that respect, I think a top end or loaded iMac has assumed the mantle.
Here is where I have a slight problem with Apples marketing, slapping the word Pro onto the side of a computer doesn't make it a "Pro" machine. Rather it is the computers ability to perform the task at hand that makes it a Pro computer.
Back in the day when the Commodore 64 was brand new I knew a guy that did die-cast die design work with one. That effectively made it a pro computer in my mind. Sure many will laugh at this concept today but the machine represented a lot of power for the price in its day. Similarly any Apple machine can be a "Pro" computer as even the AIRs are being used by professionals.
The problem with the iMacs is mostly one of accessibility which is a big problem for some pro users. A secondary problem is the screen. There is a significant portion of Pro users that won't go for an iMac because of those issues. Believe it or not most of Apples laptops are easier to service than the iMac. Compare accessing the hard drive on a Unibody to access of the same drive on an iMac.
In short, I wanted a tower but have found the iMac would crush the carcass of many towers. Astonishing design and power with value and the best GPU yet in an iMac with 8 gigs of ram and plug in more or less what you would like externally to give you all the SSD or RAID you want.
A tower can be anything from a hollow box to a machine crammed full with the latest tech. Crushing the iMac is a simple job of configuring the machine correctly.
Who knows. It may have 6 or 8 core cpus in it one day...
I have no doubt about that.
It will only make it more compelling. CPUs will evolve. So will the iMac.
That just means an XMac or Mac Pro can become more powerful. If you take a look at some of the new XEON information leaked yesterday you will see that a Mac Pro could be a very very powerful machine if Apple really wanted to make it so.
That said, I think we'll see a new 'Pro' this year. I hope to see it radically redesigned to give people the access they wish for. In price. In performance. In upgradeability. But the next model looks very vulnerable to being the last.
If it follows the current mold of the Mac Pro it won't last three years. The Mac Pro is a waste of a machine as it is now, with barely enough sales to keep it in the catalog. The concept needs to be refactored into a more viable and salable platform.
Going to the Oxford Street Apple store in London...and a Premium reseller elsewhere...I noticed no Mac Pros anywhere to be seen.
Laptops, iPads, iPhones and iMacs. In that order I think...
Lemon Bon Bon.
The Mac Pro can no longer be sold in Europe. It is another one of those crazy European safety regs that will save no one. That right there ought to be an indication that the Mac Pros replacement is not far away.