Just what Apple needs tween the eMac and the PowerMac NOT the iMac 2.
I'd buy one tomorrow if available.
Imagine one of those at 1.8 - 2.4 G5 from £895 - £1195 with dual PowerMacs in the price brackets above say G5 duals 2.4 - 3.0?
PowerMacs sales would double easily. It would be a great switcher box.
Another aside on the iMac 2 and eMac issues. Apple THEMSELVES are admitting the designs are over the hill. If you are a company that drives sales via innovation then surely the designs have to keep coming. Unlike the original iMac, the iMac 2 and eMac designs have remained static.
Remember the original iMac? Bondi Blue at around £1,100. But very quickly afterwards Apple introduced colours and drove the prices below £1K with at least two models under said 1K bracket and a couple above. The iMac had numerous design tweaks like slot loading, 'colour bumps' (this season's colours are...) and seemingly more frequent cpu updates. It's design was also more graceful than the eMac. The iMac even had one model at £595! This is years before Apple got to £545 with the eMac! Laptop convergence or no...desktops still sell in abundance, more so with Apple because their consumer desktops stink where it counts.
UK buyers are price sensitive. At least the eMac is nearly there. But it really should be a 1.6 gig G5 at least.
One thing that kinda saddens me about Apple. When the 'moment' is at hand...they don't go for the jugular. eg. G5 in pro' lines for almost a year! It should have been driven into the consumer desktops this half of 2004! As to the crock of crap about G5s not able to go into consumer Macs... Redesign 'OLD' designs that are less ART and more PRACTICAL. Sony and co. can do it from low priced desktops to powerful (but slightly thicker/heavier) laptops...but Apple seems to go overboard and paint themselves into a corner.
Far better to stick those G5 1.6s into a iMac mini-tower range and leave the bottom end PowerMac single 1.8.
I get the impression from Apple that they really don't know how to do the simple thing when it comes to their consumer desktops. You can't con people. They look at the spec list and price and shake their head. Obviously, the style factor (and 'X') isn't enough amongst numerous other reasons.
Apple talks about innovation but they obviously aren't showing enough innovation to tackle marketshare, address consumer dekstops...give a cheap enough switcher option to Wintel iPod heads.
IF Apple is aware of these problems...why do they have such a massive problem with ramping and execution even with relatively minor speed bumps? 6 months to a year...it seems like Apple is turning the Titannic even on minor updates.
Talk about innovation and compact designs? The Shuttle PCs are cramming ever hotter components into small spaces. And we know how hot those Athlong and Intels are, right?
Sure, they may play the 'down clock' game in actual performance...but who says Apple shouldn't with the G5? Perception is sometimes everything...
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