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Apple opens its OS X beta program to everyone. Interesting move.

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2006-05-12

It doesn't have to be a custom system, just a headless system more powerful than Mac Mini. It wouldn't need to draw any more power than a Mac Pro that contains 2 AMD FirePro's.

If they offered a version of the Mac Pro that swapped out the Xeon, ECC RAM, and FirePro for i7, non-ECC RAM, and Radeon or GeForce GPU it would outsell other Mac Pro's by a lot.

It's not that they can't do it, Apple is deliberately staying away from building a product that would more strongly compete with high end PC's and most workstations. The reasons why they are avoiding doing this are up for debate but its not for any of the reasons I saw in the thread so far.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

If they offered a version of the Mac Pro that swapped out the Xeon, ECC RAM, and FirePro for i7, non-ECC RAM, and Radeon or GeForce GPU it would outsell other Mac Pro's by a lot.


I'm certain that, if they did this, it would cannibalize sales of the Mac Pro, and not bring in new customers, just reduce the sales of the higher-end product. It's sort of the chicken-and-the-egg problem.

Apple isn't building a machine that caters to the gamer (Which is what a machine like that would primarily target) because gamers don't buy Macs, and game developers aren't releasing Mac versions of the hit games nearly as often as for Windows because there's no gamers to buy them.

Of course, since developers aren't releasing the Triple-A titles for Apple, gamers aren't buying them, so there's no market, and Apple isn't going to release hardware as a result.

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