[quote]Originally posted by Programmer:
<strong>I'm afraid I just don't understand the infatuation with laptops... small keyboards which are fixed relative to the machine, displays mounted to the back of the keyboard, etc. Sure you can carry them around, but ergonomically they are a nightmare. I don't think the AIO concept is any less valid than it was a couple of years ago, and it won't be any less invalid a couple of years from now -- especially with the ergonomic improvements that the iMac2 brought with it. Sure there are a few markets that would prefer a tower but the market that just wants to buy a machine and use it as-is is much larger.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I agree programer. I have used Laptops, and like them, but they are not a full replacement for a desktop. Also a laptop is not a "hub" becouse a "hub" is a fixed element in a network. It might serve as a nice entry point for a network, but dosnt replace it. Will it change from the current iMac, possibly but I dont think that this invalidates the AIO platform.
One of my major concerns right now is that I see product "bloat" happening at Apple. 3 AIO's, iMac "Classic" eMac iMac 15" FP and iMac 17" FP. 5 laptops, iBook 12", 14" PB 12" 15" and 17". It is a nice variety, but they are risking the problems that Apple eliviated when Jobs came on board.
And the bigest concern, as a stock holder and fan of the products, is that we still dont see a clear strategy beyond the G4. Jobs has stated that in 2003 "we will have options" but has yet to clarify that statement. Yes I know the 970 will be here (remember what they say about assmptioins), and the G4 RM as well, but no mention of them yet. I imagiine that developers are getting a little concerned as well, will Apple choose the 970, move to X86, or choose a direction that is out of left field? Hopefully this will be cleared up in the near future, and that will herold a return to competative desktop performance in the consumer and pro lines within the next 12 months, but I dont know that I see it with what we know today.