[quote]at $799, would you buy it? Add a 15" LCD for $499 (hoping for a price drop) and you've got your LCD iMac for $1298. With combo drive. Would that be enough? To me, technically, it would be just about the same as what I would hope for in the new iMac. But for some reason, psychologically, it doesn't move me as much. <hr></blockquote>
Hell yeah! Except I would spend $500 on a larger CRT display and it would be a bitchin' system. This is what Apple should be doing...forget the iMac, it's a joke. So many people forego the iMac because of it's display size. Even a 15" LCD display is too small, people demand more, and they are accustomed to more.
But a sub-$1000 cube would be the final solution. Apple could package it with their own displays, or you could buy the cube and a good monitor separately.
Dig it, the new cube (assuming a G5 powermac):
G4 processor (Apollo), 1.0, 1.133, 1.266 GHz
CD-ROM, CD-RW, combo drive
1 full-sized AGP slot
1 FAN, so the GeForce 3 stays cool.
Of course, this cube would be much taller, so there's room for a full sized video card. In Making the cube taller and adding a fan, this will reduce Apple's cost because they don't have to miniaturize everything so much. Cooling is easier, and a real video card can be used. Furthermore, and this is vitally important:
The USB, Firewire, and Audio ports go on the OUTSIDE of the cube, in addition to some on the bottom. This way, the permanent connections are on the bottom, but the temporary connections go on the front, behind a little door. This way one doesn't have to man-handle the cube just to plug in a damn iPod.
So what about price? Here's a stab at it:
Display prices (if bought with cube):
17" LCD: 850
15" LCD: 450
Cube prices (alone/cube+15"LCD/cube+17"LCD)
1.00 GHz 999, 1449, 1849
128 MB RAM
30 GB HD
1.133 GHz 1299, 1749, 2149
256 MB RAM
60 GB HD
1.266 GHz 1499, 1949, 2349
256 MB RAM
80 GB HD
The very lowest end cube system w/ 15" LCD is priced at 1449, but of course if a person was smart they would just buy the 999 cube, and add a nice 17" CRT for 300, coming out at 1300 for a nice Mac system. So what about the iMac?
This would push the price of the high end iMac down to about 1200, which is exactly where it ought to be. With complete wintel systems going for 999, the iMac must come down in price. for the iMac lineup, this means:
799, 999, 1199
And this is where it's price ought to be.
What Apple would find is that this sort of cube would fly off the shelves. It offers consumers what they've wanted all along; a mac system midway between 1000 and 2000, with a good display. The current iMac is hurting Apple sales so much! People do not want a tiny display, and Apple offers no choice beyond a miserable 15" display on a Mac system for less than $2200 or so. This is outrageous and it must end.