This is a such a small market as to be insignificant
I don't think 64 million is insignificant. I wouldn't say even 30 million as an installed base is insignificant.
If Apple can get some die hard gamers sold on Apple kit? I'm for it. With X-Code, Open GL 2, Leopard...Apple's platform is hardly prehistoric to develop for.
To me, the gaming market is Apple's untapped gold mine which could really add to the bottom line of a company which is already performing outstandingly well. An extra 100k or 200k of units per year? All adds to the bottom line. And let's face it, the Mac Pro is outstanding value for money but it's still expensive compared to your average PC tower...selling in the £795 to £1395 range. That's a big chunk of buyers. Auntie Gladice and iMac sales aside.
It's been a while since the Apple II had the gaming halo or the Mac has Lucas Films developing hot games. But things are different now.
2, 4, 8 cores. GPUs that are hardly pushed to their limits in many ways. Loads of ram. Loads of hard drive space. Forward thinking technology in Leopard.
I think Apple's Mac is looking like a very potent gaming platform or anything platform. There are more Mac developers than there have every been. Apple are selling more Macs than ever, in record numbers. And they have stores to sell Apple software...games...all sorts of stuff. Apple sell alot of developer software at their stores. So, sooner or later, more games, more concurrent game releases will be a reality if Apple's current growth tradjectory holds fast.
I remain steadfast in my believe that gaming on the Mac is an untapped seam.
It just requires a different tower range along side the iMac range. GPU power that trades the bundled monitor. And obviously uses Conroe instead. And as Apple reaches higher quarterly sales, there's no reason why they mightn't broaden their outlook and their range or product. (They did add the 'low cost' Mac Mini, didn't they? Despite the genuine reservations many had on these boards before it came to pass...)
And that's Bootcamp aside.
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