Originally posted by Lemon Bon Bon
I disagree with one of the posters above. I don't see the Cube as a pro or consumer product. Just potential tailored to both. Let's face it. Most machines are powerful in many daily computing respects to be considered 'pro'. Apple challenges perceptions. If there is to be a Cube remix...then it may force us to re-evaluate what a 'Cube' is. They ain't going to release the SAME Cube. No way. But just as one source said 'Once you see the iMac2 you'll realise why we don't need the Cube...' I think once we see the iMac3/anniversary Mac we'll see why we don't need the iMac2 anymore.
Apple is getting some enterprise attention, and they need an enterprise machine. A cheap, modular system easy to deploy. The cube only missed on the cheap part.
A G5 cube would be a volume enterprise machine. Small footprint for cubicles, quiet, limited expansion, choice in monitors.
I have 5 cubes for my office and they're wonderful. Swap out monitors to meet users needs. I got them for a song on closeout.
$1299 is too high, though. Apple really should be putting G5s in iMacs now (ignore technical issues, the G5s are really screwing up sales of G4s except for laptops and Apple should present the same surprise that we got with the iMac2). Apple needs a headless machine well in the <$1000 range for volume deployment in enterprise when they think they're ready to tackle that market - and they should be ramping it up now.
The sooner they can build a headless, low clockrate G5 with CD+RW with cheap video out for $799 or so, the sooner they'll have a shot at enterprise. It's one of the bigger gaps now that Apple has addressed the small server and virtually all of the OS/software issues. Enterprise doesn't have access to the $599 Dell specials so we're still paying a bit less than $1000 for boxes w/ monitors.
You need to start adding another layer to the pro/consumer structure since a huge percentage of PCs don't fall into either one.