Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Ah, the xMac. Well, that'll never happen. And for understandable reasons: Apple has 3 desktop models, or families if you will. The Mini, iMac and Pro. And with each family you can upgrade it to your hearts content. Same goes for their laptops. This was decided upon when Steve returned to Apple, he killed every project that didn't make sense (even Apple employees had a hard time explaining the differences between all models) so he wanted one desktop line, and one laptop line. A Consumer and a Prosumer model:
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So yeah, they did increase the number of models as Apple grew, but they won't make a Pro machine with the i5/i7 CPU.
How can you be so sure they won't do it? Apple does things without warning, and sometimes they do a paradigm shift from what we "expect" them to do. I have an iMac, but if there was a box that was slightly larger than the MacMini but with the guts of an iMac, I would have bought that instead.
If you look at the MacMini, it's much easier to crack open and replace components. It's not as easy to crack open an iMac. I'm sure their own repair personnel would have a much easier time repairing products.
All I can say is that they should consider it. When I converse with others, they like the idea a lot, so I know there are others that would prefer it.
I'm interested to see what they announce next year since they haven't updated the MacMini.
Well, as much as I or other people like Steve Jobs, he sometimes didn't always know what was the best, sometimes he was short sighted in offering too few products to choose from. And what do you think is going to happen when Apple finally ships a larger screen iPhone? It will sell VERY well. So, Apple should offer at least 2 sizes of iPhones.
I actually thought the MacII CX form factor was one of their best designs. It didn't take up too much room, it offered plenty of expansion, etc. I thought that was actually one of their best designs at the time it was available, but a modern day version would be cool. Whether it has PCI slots or not, I still think they need something in between the Mini and the Pro that's a box rather than an iMac.