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Xed said:amarkap said:charlesn said:Stumptowner said:I would be interested in what Apple feels is the current and future audience for the MBAirs. Is it evolving?
Anyway, for you and other MacBook 12" fans I will hope Apple will add that form factor to their line up...who knows it may be saved for a future "Just One more Thing" reveal.
I had an iBook 12.1" dual USB. It was a great laptop. Played many many hours of Age of Empires on it, used web browsers of the day, but today, it just wouldn't work out. Just have a hard time thinking that it would make a good laptop for today's mass market software. If anything, Apple has to try to get to 14" display sizes for their low end entrant. Rumors are saying 13.6", likely with a notch, so that's good news imo.
It's not the thinness, it's the lightness. Having it be 0.5" thick isn't as important as having it be 2 lbs. Having it thin is the number 1 way to keep the weight down, but if it was 0.6" thick and 2 lb with a 13.6" display, I think that is a big win.
netrox said:What are those things popping out on the sides of the Porsche monitor?
StrangeDays said:tht said:StrangeDays said:A new Mini is, of course, a given. Hopefully it will put an end to those complaining the Pro is too much, and the Studio is too much, but the Mini is not enough.
Would an M2 based Mac mini offer these features? Who knows. But it's going to be about another 6 months, or Fall of 2022, for it to arrive. Apple could have a shipped an M1 Pro Mac mini last November, and then update a Mac mini to M2 and M2 Pro models a year later. There isn't really any good reason to make people wait, and wait, and wait.
The usual come back is why don't they hire more people and build bigger teams, but this is a philosophical debate. While not a direct parallel, The Mythical Man Month argues that adding more manpower to engineering orgs doesn't solve problems linearly and can cause more. The agile/lean state of mind doesn't like large teams, and the larger they get the more at risk the carefully maintained, intimate culture becomes. Then you have an org like Dell or Samsung - cranking out tons of variations and SKUs, but completely lost in focus and singular design ethos. Apple has chosen a small product team, w/ limited launches. This strategy seems to be working as they are one of the oldest PC companies in history, make arguably the best PCs, and are financially the most successful. Seems like they know what they're doing.
I've been saying for awhile that they really need to get to about 15% PC market share, with at least a strong foothold in another sub-market other than content creation, in order to establish a permanence in the market, similar to what the iPhone, iPad and Watch enjoy. When I say permanence, it means there is very little doubt for getting a Mac or no real barriers for getting a Mac. I don't think the the current product strategy gets them there. To get there, I think they need to expand the product lineup a little more. Not double the number of Macs, but fill in the holes, and there is a lot more software and platform stuff to do than adding a couple of machines.
Alternatively, you can ask the question yourself, how does Apple get to 15% market share. That's about 10m to 15m Macs per quarter. Would the current product lineup get them there.
entropys said:Yes what apple charges for RAM is pretty outrageous.
Also goes to show that Apple prices on demand, or value, and not component costs. They know enough people want 32 GB of RAM and not that many want 64 GB; and price accordingly. There is probably a LPDDR5 $/GB uptick due to 64 Gbit to 128 Gbit densities needed to go from 16 GB to 32 GB RAM, but $400 is definitely painful.
crowley said:tht said:cgWerks said:
Kind of disappointing that they resorted to copper. There is still a bit of designing a product from the outside in. So, they choose a Mac mini footprint of 7.7 x 7.x7 inches and very purposefully choose 3.7 inch height before they knew how hot the Ultra was going to be. 3.7 inch is very deliberate because they wanted it to be able to sit underneath a Studio Display. And 7.7 x 7.7 footprint seems sacrosanct because of the Mac mini and the ecosystem developed around it?
The weight of a desktop machine is not of great import.