Originally Posted by extremeskater
Most people that use a Windows system don't even know what Leopard is, nor do they care. The two do not compete against each other, Windows can be installed on either, Lepoard can only be installed on Apple hardware, hense it will not go about 5-6% market share and thats if every Mac owner upgrades, which they won't.
Except that apple is already selling at more than 5-6% market share. And it's reported to be much higher in consumer and especially educational markets. While apple is in the minority, it's still going up and taking market share from Windows a little at a time.
Killing the mini could be a great thing or a terrible thing depending on whether they replace it, and what it is replaced with.
Killing it with no replacement would be stupid, leaving them with no headless model in a consumer price range and shutting out all potential switchers who already have monitors.
Killing it and replacing it with a more cost-effective mid-tower model would be a great idea. Most people don't want a tiny mac, they just want a headless one that isn't huge. A model that had modest expandability (replaceable video card and one or two open slots, plus one open HD bay) would be a huge improvement over the mini, especially since it would have vastly improved bang for the buck since it could use more stock components and not have to use mobile parts like hard drive and optical drive. They could jump the size of the hard drive by a factor of 5-10 and still save money on it. This would be the smartest option, I hope this is the plan.
Killing it and replacing it with a redesigned mini that still used mostly laptop parts would be better than not replacing it, but would be pretty dumb and a wasted opportunity.
Really, the mini was an idea that was more "cool" than sensible and was intended to fill a need that didn't really exist - it should have just been a simple budget midtower from day one. Hopefully they'll rectify that.
They also need to give the appleTV a major update assuming they don't just kill it. It has great potential but the current version just has a couple major limitations that are dealbreakers for many people.