Originally posted by hasapi
The iMac FP IMO, is more of a mid range computer - not quite el cheapo emac CRT and not PMac status, and in light of poor sales, which in part has been caused by those consumer trends i mentioned Apple will likely be more attentive to the consumer demands for this line - then again it is Apple?. [/B]
In many ways, it's aimed at the same market as the Cube, it's a nice looking machine that's a little bit pricier aimed at people who appreciate nice design. But in that sense, it's also crippled because it's an AIO, because "iMacs are supposed to be
AIO", whereas "nice design" doesn't imply AIO at all. Meanwhile, the market segment the original iMac was aimed at is languishing: it's been given the eMac, but the eMac isn't really something Apple is keen on promoting in the same way as it has either iMac.
Ok, controvertial proposal time, but perhaps Apple should kill iMac. Neither the cube nor iMac FP has done much other than be admired. Oh, sure, iMac FP sales were, unlike the Cube's, moderately successful, but I think you and I and everyone else knows that a different machine would have been a bigger success for the same market segment, and a differently priced machine would have been even more successful.
The economy isn't great at the moment. Apple has a functional but ugly machine in the "budget" bracket (the eMac), and should be promoting it harder, with perhaps a minor face lift, as right now it ought to be selling well. It's a simple machine your grandmother can buy and plug into the "intraweb", yet powerful enough to put a student through college and excite a budget-conscious computer geek. As part of that face-lift, something that allows the monitor to be seperated from the logic unit would be nice as that would broaden its appeal, but it's not absolutely necessary.
For the design conscious, the PowerMac G5 is close to there already, and the PowerBooks and iBooks are, right now, beautiful machines.
I find it hard to believe that the iMac FP, at the moment, is really adding sales. I suspect it's merely cannibalising laptop and PowerMac sales. But I'm speculating.