Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 17th Dec 2008 13:50 UTC, submitted by judgen
Apple Apple, which has outpaced the overall personal computer market this year despite its strategy of eschewing discounts, showed its first signs of weakness in November. NPD analyst Steve Baker blamed a 35% drop in sales of desktop Macs, noting growth in Apple's laptops still outpaced rivals [22%]. The decline marks a sharp reversal for Apple, which has enjoyed robust demand this year for its Macs, even as spending on Windows-based PCs slowed along with sales of other electronics like flat-panel TVs. Note by Kroc: With apologies to OSNews reader judgen for changing the news source provided from SmartHouse to WSJ.
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Comment by strim
by strim on Wed 17th Dec 2008 16:46 UTC
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[semi-troll]They should have stayed PPC.[/semi-troll]

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RE: Comment by strim
by darknexus on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:25 in reply to "Comment by strim"
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That might have eliminated the hackintoshes, but there really aren't enough of them to make a dent in Apple's sales... at least not yet. I wish they had stayed PPC as well, but unfortunately the PPC chip really wasn't going in the direction they needed it to go--no updates to the G4 chip, and no G5s for laptops. Given that they'd already had, at least according to those who claim to be insiders, an X86 port of OS X, it was the most convenient and, in some ways, the best decision they could have made. Even if they hadn't had an X86 port of OS X, NextStep was running on x86, so some of the groundwork had already been laid.
The trouble with the desktop line-up from Apple is that they really don't have anything for the mid-range, except the iMac. Many already have a monitor, and don't want to pay for another one, and some want just a bit more than the iMac can provide--a second internal hard drive, for instance. the Mini is great, and really in a perfect price range, but given that its future is uncertain I'd be waiting before I bought one. The MacPros are business workstations. They're not priced all that outrageously in that category, but that's way more than a home user needs, or will pay for. They really just need a mid-range tower, for approx. $600-$700. Make the specs similar to the Mini, but unlike the Mini it won't be a royal pain to upgrade. Yes, I've done Mini upgrades before, they're doable but not for the casual screwturner. I think many would welcome such an addition to the line-up... well, obviously except for Apple or they would have done it already.

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RE[2]: Comment by strim
by bryanv on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by strim"
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I agonized for months that there was no midrange mac without the iMac's all-in-one configuration.

I had a 22" widescreen LCD, I had keyboards and mice that I liked. I had a G4 iBook (so I don't need a new laptop just yet... it's long in the tooth but still has a couple years of life in it).

I really wanted a lower-priced Mac Pro. A Mid-tower.

I waffeled back n' forth between the mini and the iMac for a long time until I talked with someone I know who has an iMac.

I sold all my old stuff (the PC, the peripherals, the display...) on craigslist and got about 300 - 400 bucks out of it by the time I was done (more than one PC a couple CRTs, etc).

I now have a 24" iMac, and I don't regret that purchase at -all-. If i need additional storage, I'll either upgrade the internal disc, or more likely -- just plug in some external drives on the FireWire port. Hardly a deal breaker, and I can hide those devices under the desk where the tower would have been. I love my iMac. It's a GREAT computer. The form-factor is amazing. People that come over to my house can't believe the monitor is the computer. It's awesome.

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