How hard is it to make a cheaper single G5 box for the consumer?
Offer a single 2 gig G5 PowerMac for £995.
That would be a huge start.
Offer a 1.6 and 1.8 gig G5 white boxes for £695-895.
That would do.
Allow a commodity and graphic card market to develop.
Yeesh. It's already there. Apple only needs to provide a framework.
Apple could sell a white box with motherboard and cpu barebones and let the user configure the rest of the system themselves.
I'm sure there are plenty of PC unix, linux and windows users on the dark site who'd give the Mac Os X a roll of the dice if said affordable option was open to them.
It's about choice. ie can we have some please..?
It doesn't rule out the iMac g5 all in one. It is another option for those who do not want a soldered on monitor.
I think that said market is much bigger than 100,000K units the iMac 2 was selling at give or take the odd 20 K.
Surely Apple could sell even more towers to education and pros if they offered PowerMacs that were cheaper.
What's that? Single cpu versions? Hundred or so less for lack of dual cpu.
So you have £895 for a 1.8 gig G5
£995 for a 2 gig.
£1195 for 2.5 gig.
How hard is that? How expensive is that enclosure anyhow? Use white plastic for a consumer tower if they must...
Apple's 1,2,3 approach is nice and simple but far too limiting at times.
Witness the lack of 17 inch alu LCD display which would be really nice. Apple? Offers the dated acrylic version for the same whopping over price.
Look at Samsung. Offering better design on 17 inch and over with better specs than Apple's 17 inch acrylic.
Yeesh. Looking at some of the things in Apple's locker in a wider context leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
Apple doesn't have to be the wallmart price target.
But offer a goddamn choice of two or three graphic cards for your top end consumer machine when it's near to £2000 in price.
Offer a few single G5 tower versions close to the grand mark.
Put a box out that a consumer can configure. Apple can still sell it at the store.
How risky would it be to have a stylish, cheap white plastic ibook style box case with choice of cpu shipped, gpu...ram...hard drive...Apple can be their 'own PC mart'. Apple would still pass on the cost to the consumer.
Yeesh. They're making X-Serves and mp3 players. There's no reason to suggest Apple couldn't turn their hand to offer consumers a little more choice.
I'm confident that the gaming and enthusiast and linux and unix PC market is much bigger than the eMac/iMac 2 market.
I can't believe Apple isn't offering something to those 95%.
And they wonder why iMac 2 sales were crap.
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