Original post by AKI, silly rebuttal by y/t
But how good is it for publicity when the reports from MW that the press give out note that "most show-goers were visibly disappointed/angry to see no new Powermac hardware"?They won't say that, because it won't happen. The press will report what Apple PR tells them to.
Many people have asked me what I know beyond what I post. Not much. I have sources that hint things at me, and thats about it. SO I know some things in the channel but not what is coming at MWNY itself.
But I will say this: If there is no new Powermac hardware I will be *VERY* upset, to say the least. I was upset LAST summer to see a minor update. NO update this MWNY would make me psychotic.Why? If you know it's in the pipeline, and you know it will be out soon enough, then why does it bother you so much? PC Spec Envy? What is the problem, dude?
It would be the dumbest thing ever. As observed above, the MW expos are the biggest near-free exposure Apple gets...why WASTE it focusing on Jaguar, which everyone, ThinkSecret included, is a *free* upgrade. Its not going to generate much revenue by itself. Some people may buy new Macs because of it, but most people who would buy a Mac either a) don't care about Jaguar vs 10.1 or b) will just get the upgrade when it comes out.Jaguar is BIG because it will convince even more fencesitters to Switch, because it's the baddest, coolest OS out there that "Just Works" (TM). Just because Jaguar generates no revenue by itself, doesn't mean it doesn't generate revenue.
Apple's FREE exposure at MW would be well-spent on the iMac and the Powermac...since many/majority of the attendees are going to want to get OUR hands on the NEW machines and see/use them. Why would they release a NEW case design, NEW mobo, NEW Powermac next month at a special event with no big show attached to it? Xserve was fine for that...but the PowerMac audience is big enough that we're going to want to make it a big deal.Just because you are going to the Expo to play with Powemacs doesn't mean that everyone is.
Beyond that, the Switch campaign is aimed at the entire world, not just the iWorld. Aaron Adams is a LAN admin...they obviously are trying to win over pros too....why not show pro hardware off? Having another Macworld with no new Pro hardware would only enhance the image some people have of Apple as a "toy company" with lots of cute machines (iMacs, etc) but nothing with a lot of muscle.It most definitely IS NOT directed at pros. Adams maybe a LAN admin, but he uses his Mac at HOME. He is still a Winodws Admin at work.
Steve better at least say WHEN he'll introduce a new Powermac and give a teaser (a la Xserve), or there will be hell to pay.Probably will, because he's such a tease.....remember the 'empty quadrant' tease? He never really filled it, but the boards lit up for weeks speculating about it.
If he didn't, this would make THREE (3) consecutive Macworlds that no mention of Pro Towers was made. Why would Pros attend if not to see the machines they covet? Does Apple honestly expect Mr I-Don't-care-if-its-an-Apple-or-a-Dell-as-long-as-it-works to come to the expo? Fat chance. They need pros to go, and if they stop introing pro hardware at Macworlds, then I'll have to stop going. Why spend money registering and flying to it just to see and play with the "toys?" I can go to the Apple Store down the road and do that.So be it. Like I said earlier, people go to Expose for a variety of reasons.
If Steve announces the machines that I've been predicting thusfar, you'll hear me in the audience yelling "HELL F***ING YEAH!" the loudest, but if there's no Powermac mention, you may DAMN well hear me BOOING Steve off the stage at the end (there, I said it.)You won't boo. The RDF is strong up close, my friend.
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