A note on women and tech: According to a Best Buy survey, women customers make 60% of the purchasing decisions in their stores.
Originally posted by Dazaran
You won't give up your little world will you? Portable systems are portable this is what people buy them for.
Desknotes don't satisfy any definition of portable that the new iMac doesn't as well.
And the point is that consumers will cheerfully trade expandability away: Portables have become primary computers, meaning that consumers have no need for (internal) expandability at all, regardless of whether they tote the portable around.
Desktops are not portable in the same way that a laptop is, therefore they require a different reason for people to want them.
Some desktops might not be, but the iMac falls into the "luggable" category pretty easily. At about 18 pounds, the 17" iMac is barely heavier than the bigger PC desknotes.
So what do you suppose this reason is?
Style? (iMacs1,2, and 3 have this)
Performance? (iMac1 had a decent amount, 2 and 3 bleh)
Choice in models? (iMac1 had a decent amount, 2 and 3? not even close, you get 2 models w/ choice of 2 different displays on second model)
Expandability? (hmm nope none to speak of)
So the iMac3 has 1 good reason to buy it. Yep a good niche Mac but not gonna be putting up numbers like the iMac1.
Sorry, no. It probably won't put up numbers like the iMac 1 because unlike the iMac 1 it has to share the market with the iBook. On the other hand, it's the best-suited iMac ever for enterprise, SOHO (although the iMac 2 was great for SOHO as well) and edu customers, who tend to buy in large quantities.
As for performance, that's kind of hard to judge from pictures, isn't it?
And as for expandability: If you can find a tower that has easier and quicker access to the innards, it's probably a PowerMac. In this regard, the iMac 3 is unparalleled among iMacs, and among AIOs generally. It has the bases covered as far as external expandability goes — which for some reason is never counted even though it's much more consumer-friendly.
I'm willing to bet that if you actually talked to people about why they got laptops, it would be because they have a reasonable size relative to what they do. The idea that common computing tasks require a tower and a separate display is frankly absurd. Of course, towers will ship anyway, because of the inertia of the commodity market, and because of the convenience of the manufacturers
(BTO is relatively easy when your case is an ATX tower), and there will always be some people who prefer them, but by and large they're dated and ridiculous overkill. Look at the broader consumer market: What else that is designed and offered to consumers is that elaborate and involved? Nothing. And that's because the tower was never designed with consumers in mind. The ATX design was driven by manufacturers and business, although even business is moving away from towers now.