All of Apple's competitors' mid-range laptops either cost less than $1099 or have 15.4" screens. Apple are therefore not addressing the Mid-Range of the market.
Even when you have evidence to the contrary where the MacBook preorders are outselling the models you believe are crucial to addressing the mid-range market?
Additionally, it is worth pointing out that there is no evidence at all that Apple is attempting to forge new markets.
Because portable music players are a natural match for a computer company to produce...
Please. The data matched what you wanted to see, you didn't even wonder why the MacBooks didn't show up at all and you didn't bother to check where they were on the lineup and compounded your error by asking folks to go look at Amazon. So I did.
That doesn't make you an idiot but it sure pokes big gaping holes in your assertions and makes you wonder if ALL of your supporting data is as well researched.
And the only reason that those two 15" models you choose (Toshiba and the other one) are outselling the MBP this week when they were not last week is because the MacBooks got released? Because last week when I checked and posted MBPs were #1 and #2.
Because Apple must outsell all other PC manufacturers combined to be successful and having simply the #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #8, and #9 slots in the top 10 computer sellers on Amazon is not meeting market needs and Apple should be doing more and of course the strategy you propose would capture slots #4, #7 and #10 for clean sweep...
I'm saying when you get 7 out of 10 on benchmark site you're executing well enough not to have backseat whining in a flipping transition year when the MBPs are practically obsolete the day they launched and MacBook prices will drift down naturally AND still set a new performance level to include "high end" stuff like a camera you can find in every bloody cell phone and a remote with about as much complexity as those that come with $50 boom boxes.
You'll get your $999 laptop. You'll get a 15.4" MacBook Core Duo. Just wait 6 bloody months for the MBPs to go Core 2 Duo.
Well it was an amazingly poor choice to illustrate any point that Apple is missing some major market segment. Would a 15.4" MacBook allow the MacBooks to take the #1-#4 slots? Probably. Would 15.4" MBP sales be hurt? Well lets review...last week they were #1 and #2. This week they fall below the Toshiba (but is now edging out the VAIO again).
The only thing more Apple models can do on Amazon is crowd out other Apple models.