Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
What happened to Apple's plan to make the desktop and laptop grid bigger than 4 boxes? Even if Apple are selling only 30% desktops, that's still about 1 million computers nearly. More than when they sold only towers?
The product grid is larger than 4 products now, in fact its a total mess. I remember when they had four machines - a tower, the Imac, the iBook and the powerbook. Two portables, and two desktops, two pro machines and two consumer machines.
Apple has tried to fit their line to more people by offering more machines, but in the end they have left out more people than before. Lets face it, if you could get an aluminum Macbook or iMac for $800 or so, or a tower for $1400, no one would complain, and you could get away with having two desktops and two portables again.
Instead, we have the Mini, which is ancient and forgotten about by Apple, the white Macbook, which still exists only because Apple can't make a new aluminum mackbook for less than $1000 USD. I agree that you have the Air and iMac, both of which are slaves to their form factor - the Air with its lack of ports and optical drive, and the iMac with its lack of expandability. Then you have the Pro, which is priced out of practicality, the Xserve, which is forgotten about, and the Macbook Pro, which is the only fully featured portable (firewire, pc slot), but like the Pro, is too pricey for most people.
Overall, its just a big mess. If they had three main portables and desktops to satisfy the product/price ranges they would be set:
sub $1000: Mini, low end portable/netbook
$1000-$2000: xMac, Macbook
$2000+: Pro, Macbook Pro
Then leave the iMac and Air as flagship models that ooh and ahh people, and give you products that show off what you can do.
Seems pretty clear, but right now the Mac lineup looks like its in the middle of a transition, but one that is very incomplete and as a result is a total mess.