Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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What an excellent article?
by molnarcs on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:50 UTC
molnarcs
Member since:
2005-09-10

Got to admit, I'm not particularly interested in the topic - but this article is quality stuff. Very well written, easy to follow, excellent use of charts. And it raises a good question: what the hell is Apple thinking? What's in it for them to offer so little for so much money? Is it worth having a larger profit margin (in a tiny segment of the market) at the risk of loosing their most loyal customers?

Who would be stupid enough to pay +$800 extra for an upgrade(provided they sell their old config for a really good price) for the miniscule performance gain (around 10% in OVER TWO YEARS)?

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RE: What an excellent article?
by David on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:56 in reply to "What an excellent article?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I'm not a Mac Pro user, but I'm a fan of Apple laptops. I'm afraid of Apple, with its newfound love affair with mobile devices, now seeing its Mac user base as a resource to be exploited rather than as a market to be cultivated. I hope this Mac Pro business is an anomaly and not the new normal.

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werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

I'm not a Mac Pro user, but I'm a fan of Apple laptops. I'm afraid of Apple, with its newfound love affair with mobile devices, now seeing its Mac user base as a resource to be exploited rather than as a market to be cultivated. I hope this Mac Pro business is an anomaly and not the new normal.

Same here, I would love to buy a MacPro, I could afford one, but it is not worth it - period, too expensive even if you count in the higher quality, if you can build yourself a pc with almost the same components for under 1000 USD.
As for the notebooks, I am here as well on the "be afraid" loop, if the recent price hikes on the entry level mac the mac mini are an indication we probably are in for a sour surprise there as well.
I am somewhat glad that Windows 7 has caught up and there is still Linux, if Macs become again too expensive to be justified as a buy the unix lovers among us can switch back to the goold old penguin and the rest over to Windows 7 or 8.

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pxa270 Member since:
2006-01-08

"If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing."

-- Steve Jobs, Fortune, Feb. 19, 1996

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Most consumers won't care or won't look at such details, they'll just get the upgrade and smuggly be glad that it was expensive. Everybody has to have Itunes to use there Ithingy after all and if your getting a new computer.. why wouldn't you buy the Ilappy to run Itunes for your Ithingies?

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RE: What an excellent article?
by vivainio on Fri 6th Aug 2010 20:43 in reply to "What an excellent article?"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

What's in it for them to offer so little for so much money?

Answer is in the question.

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