Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Thing is, the Mac Mini is specifically for switchers. BYODKM. They toss their trash Windows tower and plug a Mac Mini in its place. They even get to keep their cigarette-stained keyboards and their mice that are so greasy you have to wear gloves to use them.
A slightly cheaper iMac won’t do squat to get the morons who pay $200 for a computer every two years to buy a Mac. Apple apparently needs to better explain that the Mac Mini, at $600, will last five times longer than the Windows machine it replaced, without any maintenance during its lifetime.
Two decades happened to it. Welcome to the future, also known as modern day.
I think the 'two decades' has evolved to 'consumer -grade' computing. Tallest, what you're arguing is for the 'current PC' user. The iPhone wasn't for the 'current smartphone user' it was for the people who wanted a what a smartphone offered, but didn't want to think about it.
So let's not focus on the morons. Let's focus on their kids, or people who literally haven't been spending $200 on computers every 2 years (2nd and 3rd world). What's the computer for them?
The problem with the 'mac mini' is the 'entry level' Mac... is that it's not the 'entry level iMac' (buy 1 box, unbox, turn on... you're computing). You don't want to need an 'IT' department in your house (GeekSquad? ), nor do you want to subscribe to CNET or Ars, or anything else to 'learn the best' monitors, keyboards, mice, and the difference between a minidisplayport and a thunderbolt cable. that's the iMac market. Not the 'switcher' and definitely not the moron. someone who values their time and doesn't want to 'learn' electronics.
So... from the past 2 decades... are we saying that the next low cost iMac is a iPad? Or is there an entry level iMac in the <$1000 range that can be discounted further for educational and NonProfits?
That is the big question... and if the answer is the iPad... then that basically says that OSX and Intel is dead. Not that that's bad, just that's a direction I think computer scientists and the development community [read: schools] (Hard (impossible) to develop 100% on a iPad, and therefore hard to teach programming on an iPad) need a roadmap as to how the iPad will support their needs.