Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 07:05 UTC
Apple Apple has always been about moving forward, about pressing customers to buy the latest and greatest. Product pacing has been high in Cupertino (except for the Mac Mini, obviously), and this is obviously a good thing if you're an Apple bean counter. Most Apple fans more or less accept this planned obsolescence without question, but the company may have just gone a little too far.
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RE: Two points
by Vide on Wed 4th Feb 2009 13:01 UTC in reply to "Two points"
Vide
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2006-02-17


Guess what? no one listened to me (and people like me) - and now this group of complainers are now swarming websites like this - pissing an moaning after being full warned as to the consequences of their purchasing decision. Please explain to me why the slightest bit of sympathy should be shed for those who went and purchased a massive upgrade knowing that there was a limited life span to it?


Kaiwai, were you speaking as an Apple worker or official Apple reseller to customers or as a simple Apple/tech-savvy to his friends? Because what really counts it's only the first position: official Apple position. In 2006 Apple was migrating to Intel yet it was still selling powerful&expensive PPC machines, saying to its paying costumers "Don't worry for your brand new PPC, we will support it!". Now, the support ended after 2.5 years, and people have all the right to complain and shout at Apple.

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RE[2]: Two points
by kaiwai on Wed 4th Feb 2009 15:22 in reply to "RE: Two points"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Kaiwai, were you speaking as an Apple worker or official Apple reseller to customers or as a simple Apple/tech-savvy to his friends? Because what really counts it's only the first position: official Apple position. In 2006 Apple was migrating to Intel yet it was still selling powerful&expensive PPC machines, saying to its paying costumers "Don't worry for your brand new PPC, we will support it!". Now, the support ended after 2.5 years, and people have all the right to complain and shout at Apple.


Where did Apple ever make a commitment to a certain time period? Provide the information. Discussions on Mac boards over the internet came to pretty much the conclusion of: get the G5 PPC if you really need it for work and that the performance is crucial for work immediately or hold off to get an Intel one once released.

This filtered back through the forums into articles, online buying advice etc even resellers were advising customers to hold off their purchases. etc. It wasn't as though a unsure buyer couldn't pull on resources to quantify as to whether purchasing a PPC G5 monster at that moment was a good investment. I don't know about you, but I tend to RESEARCH my purchases before slapping down several thousand dollars.

If the general concensus of pundits, forum goers, resellers and so forth is to hold off for the Intel release - you know what? I'd take their advice because to me the several thousand dollars is worth a pretty penny. If the advice from people who are 9/10 correct in their prediction, I'm going to trust them more than I trust Apple - whose sole purpose for pushing the PPC is to maintain the high margin profit stream.

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RE[3]: Two points
by andrewg on Wed 4th Feb 2009 15:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Two points"
andrewg Member since:
2005-07-06

They implied that PPC support was not going to disappear, that it had a long future ahead of it. They made a big song and dance about fat binaries and the like. Everything the said made it seem like PPC had a long future. Of course they never came out and blatantly said it would be dropped after 3 years. I am sure the ambiguity of what they were saying was deliberate. They were just like your stereotypical sleazy politician deliberately employing ambiguity.

Its obvious why they did this. They did not want to lose out on sales.

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