LCD iMac at current iMac pricing?

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Can Apple incorporate a LCD in the iMac and keep the pricing about the same as the current models.



I say this because:



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Now that Gateway is a steaming pile of cow dung.



Apple can do way better without even making an attempt.



My question is, will Apple have to make any tradeoffs to get the new iMac at similar pricing to the current models.



The $1499.00 price can be pretty easily reached but am uncertain about pricing at the lower price points. Some guessing here:



Low end:



700 MHZ G3

15" LCD

128 MB ram

30 GB HD

CDR-W drive

2 USB ports

2 Firewire ports

10/100 Ethernet

GeForce 2 MX graphics (16MB)

Built in H/K speakers

KB/Mouse

Mac OS X 10.1.2/ Mac OS 9.2.2

Usual bundled software

Price: $1199.00





Mid-range model:



800 MHZ G3

15" LCD

256 MB ram

40 GB HD

Combo drive

GeForce 2 MX - 16MB ram

Everything else the same



Price: $1499.00





High end model:



900 MHZ G3

15" LCD

256 MB ram

60 GB HD

Combo drive

GeForce 2 MX - 16 MB ram

Everything else the same



Price: $1699.00





Would like to see the pricing lower but really not sure if they could do it.



I want one though. Beats out my current G4 400 tower with exception of no Altivec.



[ 12-16-2001: Message edited by: Cobra ]</p>
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  • Reply 1 of 37
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    there will never be an iMac above 1499
  • Reply 2 of 37
    cobracobra Posts: 253member
    [quote]there will never be an iMac above 1499<hr></blockquote>





    I hope not either but you do know who we are talking about?
  • Reply 3 of 37
    Slap in a G4 and I think they can get away with raising the prices...
  • Reply 4 of 37
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    What if they simply pulled back the reins a bit and didn't overprice their stuff to BEGIN with?



    The current top-of-the-line iMac , with its completely average, less-than-stellar specs, shouldn't cost what it does, so...



    Any GOOD reason the 15" Studio Display costs $599?



    I would like part of the Frisco keynote to include a little price drop on the Apple Displays...all of them.
  • Reply 5 of 37
    imacfpimacfp Posts: 750member
    Based on a few rumors I could see the following happening.



    Low end

    700 MHZ G3

    17" CRT

    128 MB ram

    40 GB HD

    ATI RAGE 128 Ultra /16MB of SDRAM

    CD-RW

    2 USB ports

    2 Firewire ports

    10/100 Ethernet

    H & K speakers

    pro Keyboard/ Mouse

    Price: $999.00





    Mid-range model:

    800 MHZ G3

    14" LCD

    256 MB ram

    60 GB HD

    CD-RW

    ATI RAGE 128/ 32MB of SDRAM

    2 USB ports

    2 Firewire ports

    10/100 Ethernet

    H & K speakers

    pro Keyboard/ Mouse

    Price: $1394.00





    High end model:

    900 MHZ G3

    15" LCD

    256 MB ram

    70 GB HD

    Combo drive

    ATI RAGE 128 Ultra / 32MB of SDRAM

    Price: $1599.00
  • Reply 6 of 37
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I agree with applenut about there not being an iMac over $1499. If someone was going to pay that price why not get a tower?
  • Reply 7 of 37
    imacfpimacfp Posts: 750member
    [quote]Originally posted by EmAn:

    <strong>I agree with applenut about there not being an iMac over $1499. If someone was going to pay that price why not get a tower?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Because you still have to include the price of the screen. $1,694 (lowend G4) + $599 (current 15" LCD) = $2,223 which is a lot for a consumer to spend. I don't see the price going above $1,599 but it could fall between $1,499 and $1,599.
  • Reply 8 of 37
    cobracobra Posts: 253member
    The new iMacs better not have Rage 128's in them or I will be seeing red.



    Radeon or GeForce 2 MX please.



    Would like to see the "magical" 1 GHZ in the top end but have learned to set my expectations low.



    The 15" LCD could be history in Apples display line if the LCD iMacs show up.



    New displays:



    17" LCD - $799.00

    19" LCD - $1199.00

    22" LCD (Cinema) - $1999.00



    All will have a mildly redesigned case I would think.



    Of course, the displays might not show up if we still have the old Quicksilvers.
  • Reply 9 of 37
    macaddictmacaddict Posts: 1,055member
    Here's my bet:



    800MHz G3

    128MB RAM

    20GB HD

    CD ROM

    15" TFT

    Rage 128 Ultra 16MB



    800MHz G3

    256MB RAM

    40GB HD

    8/4/24X CDRW

    15" TFT

    Radeon VE 32MB



    800MHz G3

    256MB RAM

    60GB HD

    8/4/24/6X Combo

    15" TFT

    Radeon VE 32MB



    $999, $1299, $1499



    I wish for better drives and video cards, but other than that would be very satisfied with said machines.
  • Reply 10 of 37
    toweltowel Posts: 1,479member
    I would really hope they keep the 15" display and lower the price a couple hundred bucks. Apple still has the same problem they've had since the iMac/Tower lineup debuted - the cheapest tower/display combo you can buy is $2100+, and while iMacs are usually good buys in the sub-$1500 range, you can't squeeze enough into an iMac to make it worth $1500-2000. The Cube fell into that pricing chasm, and so will an LCD iMac if they try to make it a mid-range computer.
  • Reply 11 of 37
    cobracobra Posts: 253member
    I think the video chip will be the same as Apple would not have to have 2 separate motherboards. These would all be the same.



    Just different processor, ram, and drive configurations I would think.



    I presonally would like to see a iMac Special SE with a G4 and Superdrive for $1999.00.



    Well, I said I would LIKE.
  • Reply 12 of 37
    The new iMac will probably use the same LCD as the PowerBook G4.
  • Reply 13 of 37
    cobracobra Posts: 253member
    [quote]The new iMac will probably use the same LCD as the PowerBook G4.<hr></blockquote>



    That would be sweet as hell but I sort of doubt it.
  • Reply 14 of 37
    [quote]Originally posted by imacSE:

    <strong>Based on a few rumors I could see the following happening.



    Low end

    700 MHZ G3

    17" CRT

    128 MB ram

    40 GB HD

    ATI RAGE 128 Ultra /16MB of SDRAM

    CD-RW

    2 USB ports

    2 Firewire ports

    10/100 Ethernet

    H & K speakers

    pro Keyboard/ Mouse

    Price: $999.00





    Mid-range model:

    800 MHZ G3

    14" LCD

    256 MB ram

    60 GB HD

    CD-RW

    ATI RAGE 128/ 32MB of SDRAM

    2 USB ports

    2 Firewire ports

    10/100 Ethernet

    H & K speakers

    pro Keyboard/ Mouse

    Price: $1394.00





    High end model:

    900 MHZ G3

    15" LCD

    256 MB ram

    70 GB HD

    Combo drive

    ATI RAGE 128 Ultra / 32MB of SDRAM

    Price: $1599.00</strong><hr></blockquote>



    there is no way apple will redesing 2 imacs. one for a low end model that would be fased out in the first 6moths of it being intoduces with a CRT. And a LCD that will carry the imac for the next couple years.



    That would just be stupid. Desinging a computer cost a lot of money. They only have enogh money for one desing. Not two.



    Count on 15" LCD's at a price point of $999 and up. mabe they will sell a $699 imac in the curent fourm. But that is not likely. But there is no way they are going to have both a 15"LCd and a 17"LCD.
  • Reply 15 of 37
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 16,928member
    [quote]Originally posted by Cobra:

    <strong>I think the video chip will be the same as Apple would not have to have 2 separate motherboards. These would all be the same.



    Just different processor, ram, and drive configurations I would think.



    I presonally would like to see a iMac Special SE with a G4 and Superdrive for $1999.00.



    Well, I said I would LIKE. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    That's not impossible: Maybe this:



    low:



    700MHZ G3

    CD-RW

    16MB card...ATI

    30GB

    128MB

    $899



    800MHZ G3

    CD-RW

    ATI 16MB

    40GB Drive

    256MB

    $1099



    900/1GHZ G3

    CD-RW/DVD-ROM

    Geforce 2 32MB

    60GB Drive

    256MB

    $1299



    933 MHZ G4 on 133MHZ Bus

    SuperDrive

    Geforce 2 32MB

    256MB

    60GB

    $1499-$1699



    At those points, the things would sell like crazy. Like MAD ****ING CRAZY. You can't price the things to close to the bottom tower..though $200 is OK because with the tower you have to buy a monitor.



    Even if the towers are G4's....they could be:



    1.0 GHZ on 266 DDR BUS

    Major board improvements

    CD-RW/DVD-ROM

    32MB Geforce 2

    60GB

    Airport Standard

    256MB

    $1699



    1.2 GHZ

    SuperDrive

    New ATI card @ 32 or 64MB

    80GB

    Airport Standard

    512MB

    $2499



    1.4GHZ Single

    SuperDrive

    same video as above

    100GB

    Airport standard

    768MB (512 module, 1 256 module, one slot empty)

    $2999





    Dual 1.4GHZ

    SuperDrive

    New ATI Card at 64MB

    120GB

    Airport Standard

    1GB RAM

    $3499



    Then, displays:



    17" 799

    19" 1199

    24" 1999



    [ 12-16-2001: Message edited by: SDW2001 ]



    Note: I screwed up the bus speeds the first time. What I meant was 266 bus...that is what I fixed with the edit(s).



    [ 12-16-2001: Message edited by: SDW2001 ]</p>
  • Reply 16 of 37
    macaddictmacaddict Posts: 1,055member
    A 233MHz DDR bus? So 116MHz FSB?



    Doesn't sound very likely.
  • Reply 17 of 37
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 16,928member
    [quote]Originally posted by MacAddict:

    <strong>A 233MHz DDR bus? So 116MHz FSB?



    Doesn't sound very likely.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I fixed it.. see above
  • Reply 18 of 37
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    733 Mhz G4

    133 Mhz Bus

    256 MB RAM

    60 GB HD

    15.1 inch LCD

    nVidia Geforce 2 MX 16 MB

    Combo Drive

    $1299



    $1499 with superdrive



    600 Mhz G3

    100 Mhz bs

    128 MB RAM

    40 GB HD

    15 inch CRT

    ATI Ultra 128 16 MB

    Combo Drive

    $799



    [ 12-16-2001: Message edited by: applenut ]</p>
  • Reply 19 of 37
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 16,928member
    [quote]Originally posted by applenut:

    <strong>733 Mhz G4

    133 Mhz Bus

    256 MB RAM

    60 GB HD

    15.1 inch LCD

    nVidia Geforce 2 MX 16 MB

    $1299



    $1499 with superdrive



    600 Mhz G3

    100 Mhz bs

    128 MB RAM

    40 GB HD

    15 inch CRT

    ATI Ultra 128 16 MB

    $799</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Would the low end be a current model left over? I would think they would keep the 700MHZ model, not the 600MHZ. everything else sounds OK to me....



    BTW, fix your sig......it's apparEntly.
  • Reply 20 of 37
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    It's already been leaked that all the iMacs will sport the smae speed chip like the iBooks. The only difference would be the optical drive, HD, etc
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