Originally posted by Lemon Bon Bon
1. It's got to be much more affordable than the current disaster. (Selling only 60K? No WONDER Apple lumped sales with eMacs...ergo...what did eMac tell you consumer wants? AIO? Maybe not? Affordable? Maybe yes...)
The eMac is simply a very good computer for certain markets. It is not however the machine that most people on this board would buy. In contrast the iMac was a computer many would have loved to buy if Apple didn't castrate the thing at birth and then allowed it to age in a very ungracefull manner.
Buying a computer based on looks is like choosing a wife based on looks. You may very well apprciate the good looks but if she comes up short on mental considerations the relationship is likely to become extremely stressed. This is the issue with the iMac 2, looks good but is doumb as a rock.
2. Standard components so Apple doesn't have to do a complete redesign when poor sales flush it down the toilet... So that IF it is a hit, Apple aint waiting on a mini-hard drive manufacturer to ramp up volume...
Standard compnents to keep costs in check is number one. The other issues are upgradeability, I consider this an important parameter in any machine. The otherside of the mini-hard drive that you comment on is the possibility of the format being restricted or disappearing.
3. I think CPU must be/prop' be 1.8 - 2.0. 1.8 low end. 2 gig middle and upper model. Consumers now have access to final cut express. Ergo. More power needed. More consumers are using Photoshop style image editing apps. They are no longer the province of the 'pro' market (whatever that is...?)
Your reasoning is sound but I think there would be greater acceptance of the machine if the bottom end was 2 GHz and the top end hit about 2.4GHz. The issue is that buy the time the machine actually hits the market in any volume the performance offered buy those chips will be mainstream or average. So unless Apple wants to market yet another computer that performs like a dog with a broken leg it needs to pay attention to performance issues.
4. Yes, can I upgrade the graphics card to at least low end next gen' tech'? Will Apple themselves sell these add ons to generate more income? Sell 5 million of these babies...think about how much you could make by selling gpu and cpu upgrades yourself. Why let 3rd parties cream all that income?
I don't know what form factor the current machine will have it is safe to assume it will be compact. What I want to see in this machine is a video card that is a industry standard form factor that will have upgrade sources other than Apple. It is either that or solder in the latest GPU one can find and hope that it will be good for a few years. There is zero likely hood that Apple will do that though. that is offer modern video performance.
AIO. I don't care really. If it incorporates the flexibility of the 'box' design.
Yes flexibility is important and I take that to mean atleast easy upgrades but also some expandability. If not I might as well stick with my Linux systems.
Lemon Bon Bon [/B]