Originally Posted by JeffDM
So that means your claim that Apple got sick of paying for "warranty" stuff is just speculation that you failed to note as speculation.
If you're going to make distinctions like that, then the Mac Pro is really a workstation.
Those machines are such a negligible portion of the market though.
HP dropped their media center line and as far as I know, they haven't come back. The one model that I found that still claims to be for entertainment and has MCE, z560/z565, does have a thumbscrew that you use to pop out the hard drive. Offering easy hard drive replacement does make sense for media computers because that's the need that's likely to get swamped first as it's easy to have media accumulate as it's recorded.
Yes it was speculation, not necessarily only my speculation, It isn't like I can quote a source that is an internal memo.
Yes the Mac Pro is a workstation (it uses Xeon processors remember), there is no law out there that says a computer maker has to make a desktop, I guess the closest thing Apple has to a desktop is the Mac mini, but really, that is a specialty computer, the Mac Pro is closer to being a desktop in this matter.
Anyone that wants to tinker with a computer is not going to be afraid to open up any Mac out there.
That Negligible portion of the market you speak of is not that negligible, there were 6 versions of the Profile, Sony made as many all-in-one models as there were imacs.
HP still makes Media Center Pavilions, they are desktop form factors, but because of that media bay, the average consumer would feel very weary of adding RAM to it, (the hard disk is easy to access) but you have to remove the media bay chassis to access the RAM. Also if you want to add a video card to this computer that is worth anything you have to replace the 250W PSU with a new Power Supply, you have to remove that chassis to get to the board power plug. Current models of this machine is the Pavilion m8100y and m8100e