Originally Posted by Kasper
Please don't misinterpret my article. Apple isn't going to make cheap PCs. That's not what this is about. It's about marginal yet noticeably more affordable Macs on par with the company's current standards. It could be as simple as taking the current models and lopping $100 - $150 off in a few months.
I was very conscience of using the term "more affordable" rather than "cheap." I did this for a reason.
me and a few others here thought that the loss last month might do it combined with the new MSFT ads, however, remember that Apple is painted into a corner by themselves. Many know the apple profit margin can be from 80% to 400% (at least what I have read online) with the Mac Pro actually being the fairest of them all price wise, however, also note that it uses PREMIUM EEC RAM as well as higher end CPU's, Apple could have used CHEAPER MEMORY and CHEAPER CPU and had a machine that is faster, then it's present offerings, again, this is by Apple design.
With regard to netbook, without shooting themself in the foot with Macbook and Air, I don't know how they can do it.
The logical step would be to refresh with 4 core laptops, same prices and reduce the 2 cores down by 25% or more, that would move these machines and the higher end can be the faster GPU and CPU, problem is, the 4 cores aren't really out there yet for mobile computing. They could also offer a i7 desktop and laptop configs in a desktop - that would reduce price too, and more so once they get the OS on a chip design completed, if ever.
I would not worry though, apple will figure out a way to make it profitable as well as make a machine that is limited, you will not be able to do everything you want without paying for it. In other words, they could release a macbook pro for example (cheaper than ever as the unibody is cheaper to produce), that is faster and for less money then the machines out now.
Its all good from a consumer point of view and stops with the APPLE making CHEAP stuff comments, as the MACBOOKS for example, some say the real cost can be seen in the APPLE CARE PRICE as this covers the motherboard, CPU, memory, hard drive, or close to it.
If that's the case, Apple already makes cheap but since their profit margins are so high, we don't see it as so.