No, guys, geez, it’s so simple; it’s not going to be “iPhone 5”!
Wait, what’re we talking about?
The iMac4KS....or iMac5KS......or iMac S...rabbit hole...
Uhm, looking at apple.com, the 3 iMacs listed before modifications/upgrades are $1099, $1299, $1499. Same target market. In fact it has gotten cheaper (in price tag as well as in actual value of the money spent -- $1299 in 1998 is not the same as $1299 now).
I have one of the bondi blue 233mhz iMacs in my basement. I think it still works. I have a g4 upgrade card for it but not installed. My daughter asked me what the old TV was in the basement (meaning the iMac). I had to explain it was an old computer. Got my iMac the day they went on sale. At a Best Buy. Was at WWDC that year when announced as well... It was on a roped off pedestal and you couldn't touch it...
The 20th Century Mac was announced and sold when he was special advisor
SpamSandwich wrote: »
Would be cool if they refined and brought back the "Luxo lamp" iMac. More flexible for monitor positioning.
zapf brannigan wrote: »
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in the 90's, he hated what their marketing staff was doing and cleaned house, and also threw out all their old "museum display" Macs. Did not want the company looking back, under any circumstances; a tech company that looks to the past is one that is standing still. I think the upper-upper management needs to reflect hard on "what Steve would do" in this instant, and clean house again.
Not sure what you are talking about. You can get an iMac for nearly $1,000. So it's now more affordable and more capable than ever. If you want a Retina display, you're talking about $1,499. I'd think you would want to compare base models however. With inflation, the new iMacs are much cheaper than the original iMac.
$1299 in 1998 dollars would currently be $1891 in 2015 dollars: http://www.in2013dollars.com/1998-dollars-in-2015?amount=1299
That's a heck of a lot more computing power and speed for what amounts to an extra Benjamin.
$1999? iMac starts at $1099...
just duplicated everyone else. sorry
Love their new input devices. Not sure what the heck you are looking for there but if they do what they need to do and do it perfectly, I really don't see your gripe.
dick applebaum wrote: »
Been cleaning out the garage & noticed this:
Because he did exactly what I described. Snark fail!
First, it isn't a marketing campaign unless you can link to some ads in newspapers, TV spots, web ads? If you pay attention to their iPhone and iPad launches, they started showing the progression of performance since the original iPhone and iPad. This really is just a continuance of that. It is something to give some perspective as to how miraculous today's systems are compared to the past. It is something easily lost as we bump the specs for each release.
Nitpicking a bit, but I think you mean the "20th Anniversary Mac". And that's essentially true, though it didn't last long, and he wasn't involved in its development. Neither did he seem even modestly enthused or amused during its extraordinarily cringe-worthy unveiling. Check it out. (you'll probably want to scrub to 39:00). : )
Hockey puck mouse --> iPhone 4 --> You're holding it wrong
Yeah that is what I meant
Regardless of venue or format, the promotion of a product or service is marketing. In the case of iPhones, the purchase cycle is a lot more frequent, so in the situation where an Apple executive might spend 30 seconds or so showing that they've arrived at nearly desktop class hardware in just a few short years, that seems like a smart sales pitch to me. But – comparing current iMacs to the original? What's the sales pitch – that the new machines are x-more betterer than their 17 year old originals that ran an operating system that no one even uses anymore?
You can disagree, but Steve Jobs never wanted his company looking to the past, and certainly would not have approved of promoting their latest and greatest like this. Not one bit. In my opinion, if he were still around he would have fired every single marketing employee who put that promotion together.
This is not a "sales pitch" or "marketing campaign" or "pointless". It's a small moment to savor progress. A fond recollection of the game-changing original iMac, and a "thank you" for the amazing progress that engineers and designers have made since. It's a simple bit of fun.
I think it's great, and would love to see Apple do much more of this. More little opportunities to reflect and celebrate and inform. I hope there'll be more. (And if future offerings again bring out the "Surely Steve would have validated my angry and clueless misunderstanding", well, that's just sweet entertainment icing on the cake.)