Originally Posted by Marvin
The Mini ports provide power. It might not be enough power but it's enough to drive an external 2.5" USB hard drive from one port.
That's the selling point for the iMac though. I think their marketing should take on 3 areas:
Mac Pro: powerful
The Mac Pro will never be better than the image Apple used in a keynote showing the cluttered tower vs the iMac. Put a Mac Pro in place of the PC tower and you get the same mess.
The idea is that the Mini adapts to your needs and you build around the module. The iMac is for people who just don't want to mess around with the machine at all and want essentially an appliance. The Mac Pro is for people who want the most raw performance and upgradability.
Actually its more like:
Mac Mini: supposed to be cheap, but Apple doesn't quite understand the client base, so they don't know exactly what to do with it.
iMac: Simple yet full featured family machine.
Mac Pro: Extreme Professional users.
I thought these two contributions sum up the debate perfectly. The Mini should be an X-Mac that allows you to build a powerful 'blank' computer around the hub. ie a mini-tower or Cube concept. The Mac Pro is the extreme uber of this. The iMac is the 'one wire' out the back lack of spaghetti. ie the simple way. There are consumers(!) that would like a computer we 'add' to. ie the 'mini' or x-mac hub. ie the tower concept. The problem with the Mac Pro is that it is simply too much. Too big. Too many HD bays. Too many cpus. If you're into 3d? Great. But considering the dearth of software able to fully take advantage of said Pro...then why cut off consumers who want the flexibility of said concept but don't want to pay hundreds extra for power they just won't use.
The presence of the mini as is...is really confused. Bring out the MacTouch to replace it...and give desktop users what they want, an X-Mac/Cube thing. I like the iMac. And I appreciate what it does. And it is rightly popular. But it doesn't replace a mid-tower concept in the same way a mid-tower doesn't exclude the iMac AIO concept.
It's so infuriating that Apple don't give us the choice. They could easily make a plastic Cube or Alu cube mini-tower that would be discrete enough but powerful enough to appeal to teh legions of tower fans.
And what's frustrating, we know Apple is the company who could execute a mid-tower so well.
There's already 3 laptop choices. You'd think Apple would offer something below the Mac Pro in desktops. It's crippled. Cripple and Wah-HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! That's not a desktop strategy for me.
It should be:
iMac: simple £595-£995
X-Mac: flexible £795-£1395
Mac Pro: powerful £1495-£2495
The true A, B and C of what SHOULD be Apple's strategy. The iMac started out as Apple's bottom of the line desktop computer. The mistake was pushing the high end to cover the low end tower prices and then push the Mac Pro tower entry price even higher. They tried to sqeeze the cube inbetween but they stuffed up the pricing big time. It was a failed opportunity. *Shakes head.
LEmon Bon BOn.