Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Apple Just as everyone suspected, Apple updated its various lines of desktop computers today, bringing speed and performance improvements across the board. Mac Pro, iMac, and the Mac Mini were all upgraded, and especially for the Mini, it was a long time coming. The Mac Pro sees the most changes.
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If someone's too scared to open their computer, guess what...? They can get along just fine by *gasp*... not opening up their computer. Obviously people don't have a problem with this, because based on market share the PC has always mopped the floor with Apple. But those that do intend to tweak and upgrade, they're forced to spend a ridiculous amount if they buy from Apple. Apple is alienating a large number of people, no matter how you look at it.

That is a completely flawed argument. PCs having more market share has nothing to do with whether people want to work on their own PCs.

Only Apple makes Macs... a few hundred companies make PCs.

Do you have data to show that a vast majority of PCs are sold to the enthusiast market which consists of people that tinker with their systems?

Meanwhile, Gateway, Dell, and the various other PC companies have almost their entire line of desktop machines--from cheap to midrange to extemely powerful--built in a way that allows them to be fully customized and upgraded after purchase. I know far more people who own a PC than a Mac, yet none of them are terrified by the fact that they can open their computer. They just don't do it, or ask for help doing it. Hell, I'm sure some don't even know you *can* upgrade.

Apple has the best financial position of any of them right now. They have more cash and 0 debt than Google, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft. So obviously their business strategy is working for them. Gateway has been an non market player for years and their business is going no where.

The only people Apple is doing a favor with their current selection of models and pricing is themselves, and perhaps the people in the (very) few small categories they provide suitable systems for.

That seems to be no problem for their shareholders or customers. They have grown faster than any of their competitors. Your arguments are so old an were the same ones people used when Apple was struggling. Apple seems to be doing just fine but the arguments haven't changed.

Remember Michael Dells comment about Apple in 1997. He said Apple should get out of the business and return all the money to the shareholders. Apple is now a bigger company and more valuable than Dell.

Dell market cap. is 17 Billion. Cash 9 billion debt 2 billion.
Apple Market cap 81 billion. Cash 25.65 billion 0 debt.

Numbers speak for themselves.

Why so serious? If you don't want to buy an Apple product, don't. Expending so much energy seems pointless.

Edited 2009-03-04 17:12 UTC

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