Originally Posted by AppleInsider
First, she said, PC unit growth is decelerating to the point where the remaining growth opportunities largely exist in the sub-$1,000 market, a segment where Apple doesn't yet compete.
Bring back the Cube.
Shuttle already make one and it can take a quad CPU:http://eu.shuttle.com/en/DesktopDefa...70_read-14950/
Note how the price list goes from very cheap up to about £1000 - some of the lowest prices are just the enclosure though.
So many applications but very few models:http://eu.shuttle.com/en/desktopdefa.../noblendout-1/
But one huge problem - they're hideous.
It doesn't matter how low Apple price the iMac by cutting margins, the display + the laptop parts keep the price high, same with the laptops. If they made a Cube then they can keep margins fairly high but still be about $200-300 cheaper at least.
There would be about 3 purchases from me if they made one 'cos I need to upgrade my home computer and a couple at work could use upgrading but a Mac Pro is too much money. We have the Mini and it's not fast enough and the iMac is shiny as well as not being as fast/cheap as an equivalent Cube. We already have very nice displays so we don't need to buy new ones that can get dead pixels and need sent away like the iMacs we already have that are outside of warranty and won't be replaced with other ones.
I'm not suggesting that Apple's share price drop is because they don't sell this model - everyone is suffering - but there is a huge market that people all over the world keep telling Apple is there for the taking and they just don't do it.
PC manufacturers are already there and they have the users so they will never see any growth there. Apple don't have the market and can take a significant portion so that they don't suffer so much during this period. Maybe they don't have to care with so much money in the bank but why try to compete with PC manufacturers when the market is strong? They can do some serious damage if they hit the PC crowd right in their comfort zone.
If they don't release new machines soon whatever they are, it looks likely AAPL will slide below 100.
I'm not sure why they released the iphones first to be honest. The back to school segment is already in school probably with whatever new laptop they had to get so they're not exactly going to jump on a new model in the middle of October.