Originally Posted by CharlesS
Uh, no it's not.
So what pray tell makes a Mac tower or any mac such a necessity in your life if you aren't a professional user (of any kind) that needs software that is exclusively Mac?
]Except that most potential switchers are used to being able to get expansion abilities even in machines cheaper than the $@#%ing Mini.
Which brings us back to the perception that some folks are complaining that Apples should be priced like Dells.
A $1600 low end Mac Pro fills the need for a lower priced tower but won't come close to meeting the desire for a switcher wanting expansion in a machine priced like a Mini (or less).
For most desktop users, no expansion cheaper than $2124 means no sale. No sale means no market share for Apple. It's that simple.
Apple is seeking market share in the laptop market which is a growth segment rather than the desktop that some analysts feel is a declining market. iMacs using notebook components may decrease Apple's cost in building laptops despite selling fewer notebooks overall than Dell with much cheaper notebooks. That might be the only compelling reason to go Merom over Conroe in the next rev iMac but I doubt Apple will do that. Sales of the iMac may suffer too much from the performance hit.
Nothing is "that simple".
A $1000 tower isn't nearly as extravagant a purchase as a $2200 tower, no matter what your income level is.
Please. If you can't see that a $1000 computer is an extravagant purchase for someone living on minium wage (and not living home with mom and dad) you've never been vaguely poor.
Only to folks that equate a Mac tower to a basic necessity and whine that you need to win the lottery to afford a Mac Pro which is comparatively inexpensive as a Mac tower from a historical basis. $1600 in 1995 is roughly equivalent to $2000 in 2005 (using various mechanisms compute inflation like CPI, GDP, etc).http://eh.net/hmit/
Good for you. Some people's needs are different.
Needs or wants? I can say I need a 22 year old blond supermodel for "expansion". My wife will say I need a lot more $$$ or look like Brad Pitt to trade up.