Originally Posted by Mr. H
The fact that you and others keep on posting arguments like this indicates that you just don't understand what I am talking about.
1.) The proposed "mini tower" is still a lot smaller than your average PC.
Say cube sized? Or Shuttle sized since that's more common than the Cube ever was.
Perhaps there would be a viable one for Apple at $1499. Perhaps even a little less.
2.) How many people are buying the Mini specifically for its size rather than its price? How much bigger could the Mini be and still be considered small?
The thing is rather cool in its form factor. Yes, its a combination of both price and size but it is a little more elegant than the larger Shuttle. Note many of the Shuttle barebones retails for more than your proposed $399 price. The mini-sized Shuttle X100 (core duo) retails for around $999, has 3.5" drives and a mxm vid card. Its a little deeper and larger than the mini. But it certainly is no cheaper.
The conroe based XPS SD37P2 barebones kit retails for $581.http://global.shuttle.com/Product/Barebone/SD37P2.asp
The XPC SD32G2 barebones kit is cheaper at $293.99...but is drive, CPU and OS less (and IMHO kinda ugly but that's neither here nor there).
3.) Are you suggesting that if Apple were to replace the Mini with a "mini tower", that they would actually loose current Mac users to AOpen (who make a "PC Mini") and Dell?
No, but you would likely lose a lot of iMac purchasers to the new mini tower. And a few Mac Pro buyers.
And you'd have to show that OSX is so compelling that more folks would buy it over the OS they are used to. There are a number of "really nice apps" for the OSX platform. No "killer apps" that I'm aware of.
The only thing IMHO that would bring significant share to OSX is a UMPC or Tablet that didn't suck. A mini-tower isn't compelling.
4.) You must have missed the part where I said that if the "mini tower" were introduced, Apple wouldn't have to immediately discontinue the Mini. It's just that I would expect Mini sales to dry up to a point where it's not worth producing any more.
And arguably you could lump the AIOs into that category as well.