Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Originally Posted by jungmark
I don't think you do. Apple doesn't participate in evey market. Hence no netbook, no dumb phone, no cheap junk smartphone. Is there really a market between a iPad and a MBA? People who need the power of OS X won't settle for under powered chip.
Then why is the MBA so popular with it's ULTRA-LOW voltage CPU. Note that an Apple A-series chip in a 12" notebook would not be any slower than a MBA that came out just a couple years ago and probably do a lot of things much, much faster.
And I doubt Meneer Applebaum is talking about a cheap
notebook. I'm certainly not! I think we're both on the page of a lower-cost notebook that has plenty of performance for the average, casual user that needs something other than their iPad or iPhone from time-to-time. I wouldn't expect this to be any less than what the average WinPC sells for, which I think is about $700-750, which is pretty much doable in and of itself when you consider the cost of just using that Intel CULV SFF CPU and chipset. Add in the cost savings from getting to use a smaller battery with a lot more battery life and smaller chassis, smaller PSU, smaller box, cheaper shipping, more storage on shelves, etc. and Apple can not only increase their PC sale reach but also start to monopolize the $800 and $900 ranges, not just the $1000 and up range of the consumer PC market. That's a big deal!
I've been ruminating on this for hours ...
I think that this a strategic breakthrough opportunity for Apple -- to introduce the billions of PC users and millions of lower-end tablet users to the Apple way;
Remember the days running up to the original iPad announcement in 2010, The specs of the iPad were pretty well known -- and the so-called experts were predicting a price point of $1,000-$1,100.
Apple strutted their stuff, highlighting the iPad capabilities and advantages ... then, they dropped the bomb -- a starting price of $499 ...
Every competitor went back to the drawing boards.
I believe that the Apple technology exists to pull off another strategic
How about a laptop running OSX and the OSX free/iCloud apps starting at $499 (top end $799),
Capable of running all major OSX apps from MS Office to Adobe Photoshop.
A full-fledged member of the Apple ecosystem.
Opportunities like this rarely occur -- Apple can disrupt the entire mid-lower mobile (and some desktop) market!
And, Afrikans aside -- off to bed!