Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 17:07 UTC
Apple We already talked about iOS 7 yesterday (after a night of sleep, it's only looking worse and worse - look at this, for Fiona's sake!), so now it's time to talk about the downright stunning and belly flutters-inducing new Mac Pro. As former owner and huge, huge, huge fan of the PowerMac G4 Cube - I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since, well, I would say the iMac G4. This is the Apple I used to love.
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Knew it
by Bobthearch on Wed 12th Jun 2013 13:28 UTC
Bobthearch
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2006-01-27

Before I even looked at the pictures, I knew this was going to be a pile of proprietary parts.

One hypothetical question for the Apple employee responsible for the design:
"If the sound quits working after the warranty expires, how much does the necessary replacement part cost?"

The design is interesting and "bold" as someone else said, but totally impractical.

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RE: Knew it
by Kochise on Wed 12th Jun 2013 13:40 in reply to "Knew it"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Was the Mac cube ?

Kochise

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RE[2]: Knew it
by Bobthearch on Wed 12th Jun 2013 14:00 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
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2006-01-27

I think so but don't know much about them; I looked at them briefly when they were first released. They were over-priced, internally un-expandable, and didn't include some basic features.

I'd be very curious to hear from any Cube owners: "If the sound stops working in your Cube, is the necessary part easily available and how much does it cost?"

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RE: Knew it
by Alex Hitech on Wed 12th Jun 2013 16:33 in reply to "Knew it"
Alex Hitech Member since:
2005-12-29

"If the sound quits working after the warranty expires, how much does the necessary replacement part cost?"

The answer is: it doesn't matter. Nowadays computers are made to be replaced entirely when they break up. Just as the other electronic equipment. If a laser diode in your DVD fails, you replace the whole device. Think of the computers in the same way: if anything fails, you replace the whole device.

This is very good and practical way to be always in sync with the latest technology. It is costly, yes, but this is the price of progress.

Edited 2013-06-12 16:41 UTC

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RE[2]: Knew it
by Kochise on Wed 12th Jun 2013 21:07 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Price of progress ? Polluting the planet ? It's not very in Apple's policy regarding ecology, if these are true.

Hope it won't happen to cars : flat tire ? Replace the car...

Kochise

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RE[2]: Knew it
by Bobthearch on Wed 12th Jun 2013 23:35 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
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2006-01-27

Well if this thing is priced like a DVD player, under $100, then I see your point. ;)

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RE[2]: Knew it
by darknexus on Thu 13th Jun 2013 01:40 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
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2008-07-15

""If the sound quits working after the warranty expires, how much does the necessary replacement part cost?"

The answer is: it doesn't matter. Nowadays computers are made to be replaced entirely when they break up. Just as the other electronic equipment. If a laser diode in your DVD fails, you replace the whole device. Think of the computers in the same way: if anything fails, you replace the whole device.

This is very good and practical way to be always in sync with the latest technology. It is costly, yes, but this is the price of progress.
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Just one little problem with your analogy: when my DVD player breaks, $30. If this son of a bitch breaks down, at least $2k knowing Apple. One is in budget, one is not and I will not pay $2k a year if the motherboard proves to fail rapidly when this cooling doesn't work out the way they think it will. Maybe you have infinite amounts of money to spend, but the rest of us have a budget.

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RE[2]: Knew it
by Thomas2005 on Thu 13th Jun 2013 11:30 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
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2005-11-07

The answer is: it doesn't matter. Nowadays computers are made to be replaced entirely when they break up. Just as the other electronic equipment. If a laser diode in your DVD fails, you replace the whole device. Think of the computers in the same way: if anything fails, you replace the whole device.

This is very good and practical way to be always in sync with the latest technology. It is costly, yes, but this is the price of progress.

You are correct to a point. A person replaces the optical drive; however, they do not replace the entire computer.

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RE[2]: Knew it
by Soulbender on Fri 14th Jun 2013 05:05 in reply to "RE: Knew it"
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2005-08-18

it doesn't matter. Nowadays computers are made to be replaced entirely when they break up.


Broken power cord? Buy a new computer. Power button a bit unreliable? Buy a new computer! Be a good consumer; buy stuff and question nothing.

This is very good and practical way to be always in sync with the latest technology


If that's the goal you wouldn't use a Mac in the first place...

It is costly, yes, but this is the price of progress.


It's quite amazing then how we managed to progress this far by using computers with replaceable parts.

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RE: Knew it
by robco74 on Wed 12th Jun 2013 23:09 in reply to "Knew it"
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2009-10-22

The replacement will likely be a new mobo, it will be insanely expensive. If you want a workaround, get a USB sound card.

This isn't Apple's first rodeo. They've been making products for a long time and you don't make money by writing checks. My guess is that the failure rate is low enough for this to be a non-issue.

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