I'm not to sure why you are so convinced that manufactures have data indicationg that most user do not uprgrade theri PC's. That simply is not the case and flys in the face of what can be seen in the retail world. Now I'm not to sure what the manufacture precieve to be an upgrade but it is rather self serving to have data that indicates that people buy new hardware instead of upgrading.
Sure there are some people that don't have a clue as to what they could possibley do to thier machine. That is a very small number of people, you will find a much larger percentage that know they want something but don't know how to go about getting it. Maybe there is 30% remaining that handle the upgrades themselves and could be considered technically literate.
As to the iMac there are a number of things that keep people form purchasing the machine. It is pretty obvious that the people who do purchase the iMac are not at all interested in upgrades. One of the things that has harmed the sale of the iMac is the difficultiy in upgrading the machine. Yeah that is only one of several severe issues with the machine but none the less significant.
Now Apple could have a singnificant impact on the desire of many to upgrade by introduceing an iMac that is state of the art and thus minimize the need for upgrades. In other words deliver a machine with a NEW video card with a full complement of memory along with enough system memory capacity to properly run OSX. While the current iMac can be upgraded a bit system memory wise, the lack of capacity is significant.SO to answer the original posters question: sure I would upgrade the machine. That very well might be at the time of purchase or a bit later, except for one old laptop I have not owned a PC that hasn't been upgraded! It is fair to say that very few people don't end up upgrading their machine is some form or the other.
Originally posted by xterra48
This poll is skewed IMO.
If indeed the emac drops(probable) then the imac should have a base model and should be the cheapest (Deskttop) way into the mac world, and the fact stands that most average consumers, hopefully soon to be switchers(which theoretically is the market apple is going for in the 3g imac, IMO if they don�t there crazy) don�t upgrade there current PC's. They are stuck in the PC world because every 3-4 years they go to dell.com or a store like best buy and get a new PC and do no upgrading in between (not even OS) (these people are just the fed-up simpletons Apple needs to attract to OSX). Im positave large PC makers have tons of research data to back this up. The tech savvy macists at AI want upgraders but the avrage people don't, and they wont be attracted by any upgradeability of the 3g imac.
P.S. I oppose calling non-mac Computers "PC"s but oftentimes it is so much faster that I cant help myself