Originally Posted by evilboz
I have one simple question... Why does Apple force me to spend over $2000 on a system just so that I can have the option to upgrade my video card sometime down the road? I really don't get it. Especially when this option is available pretty much on any $500+ desktop PC out there.
That's not so simple a question.
Apple was accused, in the mid to late '90's, of having too many models. It was confusing the consumer, so it was said. When Jobs came back, he reduced the models to consumer desktop and laptop, and pro desktop and laptop lines. One line of each. Now, of course, he added the Mini.
Now, I'm not saying that I agree with Apple on this, but their concept is what they are, so far, going with.
Apple figures that if you are a real pro, you will need, and not mind spending the money for, a Mac Pro.
They also figure that if you are not, and most are not, then you won't get one for both reasons. Therefore, an iMac is just what you need, and for the low end, a Mini.
Again, I'm not saying I agree, but that's what they think.
How many sales are they losing because of this? Who knows?
Some will spend the big bucks, and go for the Mac Pro. Some will stick to the iMac, and some will either buy a used Mac Pro, or evenbuy a PC.
If Apple figures they are losing too few customers to matter, and that the machine you and others want wouldn't bring them enough sales, they won't come out with it.
It would take much more than a few people on fan websites whining about it to change their minds. That's for sure.
And while I don't want one for myself, I might get one for my daughter, though my wife prefers the 24" iMac.
Therefore, for that, and other reasons, I include myself as one of the whiners.