Originally Posted by murk
Oh my God! They've leaked to Marvin, too!
Yeah but keep the zero information that I've given under your hat, what I was told was top secret. All I'll say is that you'll know when it comes.
The way that you'll know when it's arrived is that something will arrive during the time you are expecting something.
Plus if it turns out to be what you've been waiting for then you'll be glad you waited for it.
I think I'm going to start writing horoscopes.
Originally Posted by Phong
Whether it's low, mid, or hi range, the company doesn't seem interested in making headless Macs anymore. That used to be practically all they made.
I think this is the problem though. Back then, they weren't doing so well. They made the changes and now they are doing much better. I don't think it's the strategy change that has made the difference but Apple can't seem to look past the sales figures. Perhaps they needed the gimmicks at first to get people on board but now they are well established with a stable product catalog. Right now, they don't need the gimmicks any more and people are starting to look for more value in the brand for serious work and find it lacking. Companies like Psystar know this and are trying to capitalize on it.
The iphone has similar issues. It had that initial wow factor like the iMac but people are trying to use it for business and they find no copy/paste, some sluggish performance. They are minor things by contrast but they are things that it's in Apple's best interests to improve and they haven't done it yet despite the simplicity.
Macs need to move into businesses at some point in time. It doesn't matter how slim they make the machines, AIOs with isight cameras aren't going to work and businesses cannot buy every worker a Mac Pro. As I've said before, the mini-tower Dell computers sell very well in businesses. Very easy to service and are cost-effective. The Mini is the computer to do it but it just needs to be designed better for this purpose. If that means a different model then that's what needs to be made.
Originally Posted by addabox
a real replacement for the 12" Powerbook
I saw the aluminium Macbook recently and I'd almost strike that off the list. With a matte option like the 17" model, I'd be happy with one of those having owned a 12" powerbook.
Originally Posted by addabox
The rest is incremental advancements on the existing product line
That's what we've been expecting though and they haven't come through on that so the possibility is there for them to be listening to what we want. Our expectations likely won't be met as usual. I use an analogy:Burns: I suggest you leave immediately.
Homer: Or what? You’ll release the dogs, or the bees, or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you? Well, go ahead—do your worst!
Homer: He locked the door! I’ll show him—rings the doorbell and runs away
Apple have shown that they will do what they want when they want no matter how underwhelming and annoying. If it's intentional then it's a stupid attitude to take as Sony have discovered. Fortunately for them, Apple seem to do things in such a way that people keep coming back for more pain and they just give a little boost of goodness every few years.
1984 Mac boost ...... fading ..... 1998 Jobs + iMac boost ..... fading ..... 2001 ipod boost ..... fading ..... 2007 iphone boost
Right now they are still riding the iphone wave but as technology reaches saturation point, the waves die down more quickly. Nowadays you can't just do one amazing thing every few years. Look at Sony's last expo. They've realized they need to start delivering the goods and they had loads of stuff to demo. Despite not having any intention of buying Sony products soon, my interest in them is higher right now than with Apple. I've reached a point where I'm bored waiting on them to do something without telling anyone.