Originally Posted by Capnbob
Nice to see the whiners, cheapskates and those with cereal packet MBAs are out in full force. These typically delusional types all think they know what Apple should do and that amazingly coincidentally, it is exactly what would benefit them (xMac, cheaper Macs, etc,).
As are the similarly delusion types that think Apple is a infallible religion instead of a computer maker and therefore above criticism or suggestion.
When will you realize that Apple doesn’t owe you what you want, no matter how many Macs you’ve owned and that your insights are worth about as much as that crap you took after breakfast?
Likewise, they are not owned blind obeisance.
Apple knows its core Mac customer segments –
1) non-geek consumers - who want style, ease of use, few cables, etc. (key growth, lots of potential)
2) education (reasonable growth, re-acquiring lost share, but lower margin HW)
3) media professionals - who amortize the high-priced HW against real revenues (low growth)
Apple doesn't want any of those.
1) Non-geek consumers tend to have very low requirements and are thrifty. Most of the time, they just stick of PCs unless their kids tell them to buy something different.
2) Education users have budgets and also tend to be thrifty. This is a bit of a holdover from pre-Jobs as Messiah Apple and really isn't the cash cow it used to be.
3) Media Professionals tend to be practically minded, independent thinking, and have actually needs. Those are three things that go against what Apple is about now.
Apple's new core segments
1) Students. They may Macs, not for the great operating systems or for quality hardware. They by them because they're in style, they have cool features like webcams and photo-booth, and because their parents will pony up the money
2) Geek fanboy types. A lot like the Trekkies and Warsies that take things way too seriously, they join Apple to be a part of something. They know that Apple released something new and cool and that just need to have it. They defense their "canon" with ferocity and generally have no respect for anyone outside their group, especially if you're in a rival camp.
3) I will call this the snob crowd. Like a Mercedes, they buy it because its expensive, looks good, and they probably don't even know how to use it to its full potential.
The thing that ties these three together, is that don't have a lot of performance needs so a laptop platform will be just fine, they buy things because "they gotta have it", and tend to be very loyal, especially if you're the only game into town. Meaning they tend to have buying habits similar to professional and education customer while being able to be pleased with only flash instead if substance.
Originally Posted by Aizmov
How about a Core i7 Mac Pro for those of us who don't need a Xeon?
The only difference between the Core i7 and the xeon 3500 is ECC memory support. Same Bloomfield core, same clock ratings, and same chip price. Either the new MPs have some new part that is a lot more expensive than the cheese grater G5s or Apple jacked up the price considerably to protect the higher ends of the iMac (suspiciously there is no overlap anymore).
That and if you're really smart and don't hold your customers in very high regard, its pretty easy to realize that a lot of your professional customers have so much invested in the Mac platform that its impractical to leave. You can charge them much higher margins than the consumers and get away with it. A couple hundred in price hikes is always being to be cheaper than a couple thousand in software and equipment.