Originally Posted by Foo2
And monkeys might fly out of my...
Somehow I think Blu-ray playback support will arrive to the MacOS through either an Apple solution or a third party solution long before monkey's fly out of any part of your body. The question isn't if, but when. There are bluray drives that can fit in all the Mac desktops and in both the MB and MBP. Ironically a lot of people who don't know what they are talking about keep saying that there are no 9mm Bluray nevermind that Panasonic released one at this years' CES and you have been able to buy one for months. Add that to the fact that Nvidia notes that the 9400M supports HDCP and the only issue that should block playback is the lack of any playback software. At some point I imagine even if Steve Jobs doesn't want it that some third party will create a licensed Blu-ray playback program for OSX and bundle it with a drive. If Apple's market share keeps increasing it is only a matter of time before somebody decides that there are enough potential customers to justify said product.
No matter the cost right now, if Apple doesn't act aggressively to protect its IP, others will follow in Psystar's footsteps and make it even more costly for Apple in the long run.
Ultimately though if your IP violator doesn't have many assets it is like trying to squeeze blood out of turnips. Sure you can get all Psystar's assets, but what are those really worth? Most major corporations (ie. Dell, HP, Sony, etc.) aren't going to risk a lawsuit with Apple. Somehow I don't think that the commercial market for Mac clones could ever get very big.
You are basically falling for the classic RIAA strategy for dealing with piracy and we all know how that worked. Apple is better off trying to plug holes in the product line to squelch any market for a competitor. Some people on this forum are too much of an Apple acolyte to admit that there are some products that there is significant demand for that Apple isn't satisfying. Many wishes are unrealistic, but there are some that aren't unrealistic.
All Apple has to do is shut down Psystar's "Mac" business through the legal system, while continuing to deliver good quality, good performance (even exceptional performance in the Mac Pro), and good support, all on a massive scale.
Apple really needs to focus on improving their quality because in recent years a lot of people have been underwhelmed by their hardware quality. It is one thing to pay good money to get good quality, but in recent years Apple's hardware quality has left something to be desired.
Most Mac and PC customers aren't going to understand why a BR drive doesn't play BR movies. Psystar is going to have a few disenchanted customers with their most recent move. BR movies compete with iTMS and AppleTV, which is one reason Apple doesn't offer Blu-ray as an option. If Apple can postpone Blu-ray long enough, the Internet will kill Blu-ray. Every day that goes by brings us closer to the day when Blu-ray is irrelevant.
At least within the United States that day is certainly not going to be in this decade and probably well into the next decade as well for most people. Telecos have dragged their feet in improving bandwidth speeds. I think on the idea that Blu-ray will never catch a foothold because of the internet is real pie in the sky. Furthermore, while Apple has played a big role in the legal digital distribution of music their success in videos has been underwhelming to say the least.
As for AppleTV, I don't think Apple's exclusion of Blu-ray as an option in their computers is going to help the lagging sales of the AppleTV until Apple makes a major overhaul. The thing runs too hot, it doesn't store enough video particularly if you are storing HD quality content, and the iTunes "HD" video are about on par with standard DVD amongst other criticisms. For those with good size TV sets the "HD" video from iTunes is no competition for Blu-ray quality. I will agree that everyone is going to want to pay for Blu-ray on their Mac that is why unlike Sony trying to shove it on their computers Apple should make it optional.
What's so bad about giving your customers options? I realize that you don't want to inundate your customers with trivial questions like Dell does on CTO models, but I doubt most people would be bothered by one more line in the CTO options.
[/quote]"Significantly" is the watch word. The current Mac mini is still quite good. It takes a while for hardware components to progress to where a Mac mini can be significantly
updated while maintaining a decent profit margin.[/QUOTE]
The Mac Mini hasn't been updated in >14 months in case you hadn't noticed. Performance per dollar ratios can change
dramatically in 14 months in the computer industry. High end components that you only wished to include last year can drop in half in 14 months. Even if Apple released an updated Mac Mini tomorrow they could sell a Mac Mini that would blow away the old Mac Mini performance wise at the same profit margin if not better than the Macbooks currently have. The processors are so old on the Mac Mini that Apple will eventually be forced to update the Mac Mini because Intel is moving on to new models. When you can buy an entire laptop with more RAM, a bigger HDD, and a better chipset for about the same price as the Mac Mini it doesn't take much imagination to wonder why Apple wouldn't be able to have an entry level model that blows away even the high end version of the current model.
RAM prices are dramatically lower than they were 14 months ago. Putting 2GB on the entry level model wouldn't be expensive at all. I have seen laptops that are cheaper than the entry level Mac Mini with 3GB of RAM. The Mac Mini should be on par spec wise with a comparably priced laptop, but even if the Mac Mini were a laptop with a 14" screen and the same specs it would be unimpressive. You are quite delusional if you think that the Mac Minis specs are still impressive at the same price point after 14 months. For perspective, except for using the slower Atom processor ASUS' EEE box is pretty comparable to the current Mac Mini. It has 802.11N and a card reader which neither model of the Mac Mini offer and despite being superior to the Mac Mini in some respects it is selling for almost half the price of the Mac Mini.
Bottom line either Apple is working on a major
overhaul of the Mac Mini or the Mac Mini is probably dead. If there isn't a Mac Mini overhaul or a product that replaces the Mac Mini by January I am inclined to believe the latter.