Originally Posted by Louzer
He's not arguing that its not a bad update compared to the previous specs, just that there's nothing to the update to warrant upgrading his MacBook.
For example, a 15" MacBook at $1300 would be something.
Yeah, it would be. Even at $1500 (the 'black MacBook' price level), it would be huge, as
1) the current black MB is so
very not worth it, aka 'margins hog', and
2) there's well-equipped 15" PC notebooks going for $1200-1300 or so (and not-so-well equipped ones for around $1K).
Apple doesn't have to match
prices, certainly, because they offer more overall, even against well-equipped PC notebooks, but they DO have to remain within shouting distance if they really want to clean up to their full potential.
Sure, their notebook sales are good, but they could be even better. Asking $2000 to step up to a 15" notebook is just too wide a price delta over the competition. But a black 15" MB for $1500 would absolutely kill
It'd be nice if Apple got more aggressive here, but I think it'll be a long time before they do. When things are going well, the tendency is to 'stay the course' and point out how well things are going, not to explore how much better things can be.