Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The news that Apple is going to switch to Intel processors shook up the computing world. Many users and developers were eager to publish their opinions on the switch. However, one group of people were totally neglected during all this: resellers. Today, we feature an interview with Wim Schermer, first Dutchman to own a Mac (in 1984), and co-founder of one of the biggest Apple retail stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport. We discuss the switch to Intel, and much more.
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RE: Good interview
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 22:37 UTC in reply to "Good interview"

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I wouldn't call the speed of the drive a flaw... its running at full speed.

Its a slowish speed, but that was what helped define product categories. Bump up the speed too much and Apple runs the risk of canibalizing lower-end tower sales.

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RE[2]: Good interview
by pravda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 23:05 in reply to "RE: Good interview"
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2005-07-06

Its a slowish speed, but that was what helped define product categories. Bump up the speed too much and Apple runs the risk of canibalizing lower-end tower sales.

If a single processor G4 with a decent hard drive will cannibalize a dual G5 tower with slots and many other upgrades, Apple is in serious trouble.

Fortunately outside of Apple and its patented "Greatly Insane Management" protocols, such a risk does not exist.

As has been shown on many sites, the Mac mini with a 7200rpm 2.5" drive is a much nicer computer to use. And it has been thoroughly shown that this mod does not enable the machine to compete with a G5 tower.

At the end of the day, Apple does not offer a 7200rpm Mac mini because Apple has a horrible problem delivering value to customers.

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RE[3]: Good interview
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 23:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Good interview"
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>If a single processor G4 with a decent hard drive will cannibalize a dual G5 tower with slots and many other upgrades, Apple is in serious trouble.

You're over-generalizing. For most people, a Mac mini is all they need. Apple wants the people who want something in the middle to upgrade to the low-end towars... not simply be content with the Mac mini. It makes a lot of business sense

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RE[3]: Good interview
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 04:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Good interview"
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It's "insanely great." Get your RDF terminology right, for Steve's sake. ;)

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RE[3]: Good interview
by kaiwai on Fri 5th Aug 2005 06:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Good interview"
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At the end of the day, Apple does not offer a 7200rpm Mac mini because Apple has a horrible problem delivering value to customers.

Oh, come on, that is the biggest load of bullcrap I have ever heard; they probably didn't use the 7200rpm, because they couldn't get the number they wanted in volume; maybe they got a better deal by asking for more 5400rpm models rather than spliting their request, thus lowering their power to leverage during negotiations.

7200rpm 2.5inch hard disks aren't the status quo, they aren't being produced in volume, and it would be crazy for Apple to start demanding HDD manufacturers to start speeding up production of 7200rpm without an expected delay.

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