I made some price comparisons this evening following the release of the new iMac. So, here is what I discovered, by trying to build an “iMac”-like PC (I targetted the configuration of the middle range iMac which sells at $1500), consulting prices from PriceWatch & PriceGrabber. The mentioned prices are retail and the individual components probably have costed even less for Apple, but I am going to overlook that and give the benefit to Apple. Update: Some good comments and further clarifications on the subject, can be found here. Update2: And speaking of eMachines (whose quality is not bad, neither the company is out of business (yet)), check out their brand new systems and prices. They even prepare for sale a NorthWood P4 system at 2Ghz. NorthWood is the new P4 CPU model which is much faster than its P4 predessesor at the same clock speed.This article is marked as an editorial, and therefore should only be treatent as the personal opinion of the author. Grammar/syntax errors are to be expected. 🙂
Case 10 USD
Motherboard 50 *
256 SDRAM 40
40 GB Hdd 70
G4 700 Mhz 80 ** [Software 50] ***
OVERALL: 730 USD
* (most of the addon elements found on the motherboard are
actually counted individually – like firewire capabilities
** (OEM Motorola prices are similar to equivelant Athlons or PIIIs)
*** (OEM Windows license, Ms Works etc, the usual stuff – For
an iMac the included software cost is close to ZERO
because it is considered strategic development and it is
included indeed for free)
So, the price to create an EQUIVELANT middle range iMac in the PC world is less than $730 (the prices above are retail prices, Apple gets EVEN better price deals than the ones I mention), but I will give Apple the benefit of the doubt.
The $730 price includes the R&D, marketing, support, markup, packaging, insurance etc etc as these individual prices found at PriceWatch were retail.
Now, how much money are they making? The same $730 USD system above, if it was the middle range iMac, Apple sells it for $1499. There is way more than 50% profit there. I call that a rip off and I am certainly not going to pay so much for such a system.
Now, I have to explain something here and please pay attention. We have to understand here that the notion of a rip off is a very subjective notion. Why, you ask?
Well, let’s say that I know someone that sells an authentic Madonna autograph. For me, if I wanted to buy it, I would not pay for more than $10 USD because that’s how the glossy paper that Madonna’s picture is printed on, costs. For a big Madonna fan though, this is different. He/she may actually pay $200 in order to obtain it. And there are some other variables we have to think. What if the picture that Madonna has signed on is a very rare one? Suddenly the autograph will cost more for the fan, while it won’t change my world and I would still not pay more than $10.
So, for me, that iMac-like product is worth $730. And exactly because I do know that, because I do have this information, if I have to pay more than $950 to $1000 for that system (giving a breathing space of more than $200, again for Apple’s benefit to use for excuses like Research and Modern Design), I will consider it a major rip off. However, a Mac user, or an LCD lover, or someone who likes the new modern iMac design, or someone’s first computer, or because it is easy to use, he/she would pay for such a device up to $2000. So, buying it for $1500 (which is the price Apple sells it), it may even sound like a steal to him/her!
The problem is that such machine, when compared to today’s similar config PCs, it is expensive and overpriced. The problem may not even be that Apple has expensive machines, but the problem may be that PCs are cheap! Have you ever thought of it this way?
On the other hand, PCs are computers, and iMacs are computers as well, doing the same basic things. So, paying $500-600 more just for being an Apple iMac, it is just not justifiable for my opinion and my wallet.
If you still have doubts, this eMachines model is a good example, with the *same* product quality/configuration as the middle range iMac. And it also has loads of software in it as the iMac does. Without a monitor it costs $800 (and eMachines even pay for a more expensive CPU, plus the OEM software). With a $160 19″ CRT monitor, 0.26 dp, capable of 1280×1024 @ 85Hz and 1600×1200 @ 75Hz, the whole system costs $960 USD. Retail. PLUS, that eMachine comes with a whole Pentium 4 at 1.5 Ghz, not at 700 Mhz (as OSNews reader Mario correctly spotted in our forums, a 700 G4, is equivelant to a 900-933 Mhz PIII – already far cry from the expensive and fast P4 that eMachines is offering for less!). eMachines is a perfect example to compare to the iMac, Dell, Gateway, Compaq etc machines are not. Both iMac and eMachines are targetting exclusively the home user, both have reasonable amount of software, both have a nice design, they are the low end machines of both worlds, but with considerable quality and speed.
Maybe I’m picky, but I would expect a better treatment from Apple when it comes to an iMac, which is supposed to be their “home hub device” affordable by families and all that marketing blah-blah and enourmous hype (hype that I personally dislike as much as cats hate the water). This should have been the machine that could attract and convert x86 users, like me. While the iMac may sell well to the already Mac users, I highly doubt that will grab any significant market share from the Windows/x86 world.
Point is, I am disapointed by their pricing decisions and I am even more dissapointed about the way they tried to manipulate the crowd with enormous hype (“where no PC has gone before” etc) the past week.
The middle range iMac features the hardware configuration I really want, and despite the fact that I do want a cheap G4 to run MacOSX, I ain’t gonna buy it. Not in this lifetime.
No, no, no! You just can’t put clunky PC spare parts together and come up with a device comparable to the new iMac. Apple obviously has some very talented engineers and a CEO with a passion for well designed systems. The point is that the design more than makes up for the difference in price. (If you appreciate and care that sort of thing of course, I do.)
After seeing it on TechTV, I am convinced that the screen is really not that small. This machine deserves to be the successor of the legendary iMac. Now if I could only get my hands on one to see how OS X performs, I might actually recommend this Mac to people again.
I hope they allow you to change screen to portrait mode in a future version.
I work in AUS$ and over here if I go to a brand PC (Dell, IBM, Compac etc) then the diffence between the low level iMac and them is less than $200(AUS). This would get me a standard PC (square box, seperate screen).
Taking you line then these companies are “ripping” me off just as much as Apple if not more since Apple had to design a none standard motherboard and case.
Could you post comparisons with major PC vendors.
Dell Deminsion 4400
Upgraded to have:
15″ flat screen
Has GeForce3 card with 64mb
P4 1.6 processor
YC, did you not read the article??? I gave $270 more US dollars for Apple as a breathing space, and said that the $730 system it would be ok to buy it for $1000. But the equivelant iMac system sells for $1500, not $1000. So, you say that I have to pay MORE than its 50% of its real value just because it looks like an egg?
I know now why you bought that eVilla.
Dear KMart…Please bring back the Bluelight PC!
I bought a BlueLight PC for kicks one day as an extra kick around machine
…and to find out what the hell KMart was up to going into the computer
business! My Bluelight PC was an earlier model, a 533 Mhz Celeron
with 32 Megs of Ram. Came with KMarts free Internet, which lasted until
the internet provider went out of business…
Found that I had to make a few configuration changes to really make
the machine run…mainly added a 128 Meg RAM module to get 160 megs total.
Had a Promise Ultra ATA PCI Hard Disk controller and a second older hard
drive kickin’ around from some other PC. Got a 24X CD-RW drive for Christmas from my girlfriend, because she wants me to burn some
CDs for her…ended up costing me $299 for the computer
and figured around $200 bucks for the upgrades.
My Linux friends joke and ask me what the hell…at least change the
case of the computer or put some tape over the KMart sticker
This machine has been working without a crash or hangup since I bought it
a year and a half ago, and has not been shut off! Used the second hard disk
to install Mandrake 8.1 so that I could play around with MySQL for
work…believe it or not the BlueLight PC that I bought as a joke
at the time, surprisingly turned out to be a work-horse and definitely is
the most trouble-free PC that I have ever owned…all features seem to
work properly with both Windows and Linux, even the power management
and accellerated Video. I had to overlook the fact that the machine was
blue and came with a large Kmart Bluelight sticker on it…LOL….
found out the computer is made by LG International in Korea. It
and runs Mandrake pretty quick and solid in my book…
motherboard has accellerated Intel video which is good enough to play
Unreal Tournament on…overall a good throw-around computer! Im the computer
business cheaper is better, since they are just going to get obsolete
in 2 years anyway…I gave up spending big money on hardware that I ended
up throwing out later…getting mad at how useless the stuff became.
Bring back the old Atari ST attitude about PCs…”Power without the Price!!!”
Wanted to mention that Windows XP seems to kick ass over all previous
versions of Windows despite what people are saying about it and definately
makes Mac OS X seem kinda pointless.
In my previous comment I forgot to mention the iMac price in AUS$. It is $2990.00(AUS). this is $220(AUS) less the equivelent Dell.
>Could you post comparisons with major PC vendors.
No, an eMachine is the iMac of the x86 world. eMachines only has four models total, there are no options (Dell are custom made), they have pretty good quality, support, configurability is limited, reasonable software offering for home usage, based on proven and cost effective technologies and hardware parts (even the gfx card is the same model for both imac and emachines). All in all, they are similar, in many ways, therefore eMachines is a better example. They are both targetting the home user mostly too.
PC’s might be cheaper I agree with that beyond a doubt. But they don’t run the Mac OS. And as Windows, in all it’s variations, is inconsistant and clunky, I’ll stick with my Mac OS.
In truth, there isn’t a good OS out there. Mac OS is about the closest I’ve found. Windows and Linux are such a far cry I don’t like using them anymore. Plus, PC’s aren’t RISC. I don’t like CISC anymore, and the plethora of additions to the 8186 intel chip that the Pentium has become just doesn’t appeal to me.
And I like stylish things. I was perfectly happy to spent 100 more for my visor edge, simply so it matched my mac.
Oh well. Seems like to some of these people the only opinions in the world should be their opinion. 😉
>>So, you say that I have to pay MORE than its 50% of its real value just because it looks like an egg?
Absolutely! The thing is you can not get this very functional and beautiful computer anywhere else.
>>I know now why you bought that eVilla.
Absolutely right again! I really liked the eVilla, especially the interface, but I think this Apple hardware is much nicer. You know that if this thing ran BeOS/BeIA I would have ordered one already
>>So, you say that I have to pay MORE than its 50% of its real value just because it looks like an egg?
>Absolutely! The thing is you can not get this very functional and beautiful computer anywhere else.
I am sorry, but it seems that I am not as rich as you are. Are you available btw?
>>PC’s might be cheaper I agree with that beyond a doubt. But they don’t run >>the Mac OS. And as Windows, in all it’s variations, is inconsistant and >>clunky, I’ll stick with my Mac OS.
>>In truth, there isn’t a good OS out there. Mac OS is about the closest I’ve >>found. Windows and Linux are such a far cry I don’t like using them anymore.
Have you checked out Windows XP?…I use Linux and XP and am impressed
with both for different reasons.
>>Plus, PC’s aren’t RISC. I don’t like CISC anymore, and the plethora of >>additions to the 8186 intel chip that the Pentium has become just doesn’t >>appeal to me.
Like what do you mean? What is wrong with CISC if the actual throughput
is higher due to processor speeds and other Intel tricks? Not to mention
that fun to use Intel Assembly Progamming
>>And I like stylish things. I was perfectly happy to spent 100 more for my >>visor edge, simply so it matched my mac.
The Visor Edge was a neat choice, but is buying a computer for looks good
when its work done that actually counts? I think Apple is going for
style and high prices over real function. And diverting resources
to their own OS programming and Tools programming actually hinders the
>>No, an eMachine is the iMac of the x86 world.
The Emachine that I saw recently was not too bad…
Two weeks ago I decided to ‘upgrade’ my personal motorised transportation device with an internal combustion engine, otherwise known as a car. For the basic purpose of transporting me around town, I could have settled for a $3000 Aus 15 year old bomb which would have done the job admirably. With the budget I had at my disposal ($15k-$20k Aus) I could have bought a decent family sized car not older than 5 years, with the standard accessories (ABS, AirCon and Power Steering) and been perfectly happy. Instead, I decided to fork out $25K and buy a 2nd hand luxury imported car with heated leather seats, a sunroof, woodgrain console, climate control, BOSE sound system, you name it, its got it, in other words ‘the works’.
So, was it really worth buying a prestigous car or was it a dumb decision? I’ve got a grin from ear to ear, I absolutely love driving my car, and when passing motorists on the road have the attitude of ‘take that loosers, look what I drive’ 😉 The car makes me feel great, even though its sucked out my life savings. But who wants to live forever, I cant exactly take it all with me, that is, I dont want to die a rich man. I’ve decided to indulge myself, and spoil myself with a little bit of luxury. Its not only the car I drive, its my home entertainment system – a gorgeous Marantz sound/video system. Is it worth spending 2x-3x the amount than for an equivalent unit? If it makes you feel great, absolutely.
To sum it up, people will splash out for the design itself, regardless of what components ship with the unit. I should know, I bought the original RevA iMac on the day it was released (and regretted it, but thats another story). The new iMac is a status symbol, form over function doodah. It looks gorgeous and thats all that matters.
Having said that, for a few hundred dollars more, you can get a Powerbook G4 Ti.
Not really sure where to start here. You mention lowest prices on pricewatch but you don’t give shipping costs. Ideally you could get everything from a few sites but you still want to add around $50 (they rip you off) for shipping. Also, you have a case for $10 but no power supply? I can’t believe you can get a case and power supply for $10. Also, a lot of these parts I can’t imagine compare to Apple’s. I would expect to pay a little more for a nice optical mouse, a better ethernet card, etc.
You also have to realize that there is a certain amount of R&D cost to design their case and make sure various parts work together. You could throw all of the parts you mention into a beige box and they could work smoothly together, but there’s no guarantee. After building a few computers, you realize that testing components together really does matter (I’m still struggling with SB Live and Via chipset).
Finally, if you really do think it’s a rip off and not worth it, don’t buy it. Speak with your money. There are many other people who think it’s valuable and will buy it (including me after my PC ages for a while).
I like the move that apple made to take imac’s to the next level, but it’s sorta… lame on the price. i’d rather buy an graphite imac on their site, save $300. cause i’m not really syked about this knew ilamp thingy. their only upgrade it looks is the case, the graphics card, that’s about it. (saying in a prespective of the cheapest ilamp(1299) to the most expensice imac (999))
Also i realised that IBM had already released something like this; except it was more made for the internet and was practically a computer. So i just kind of look at the ilamp as the IBM product, but much more shinier.
And the OSX thingy. I tried that on a pc once, The Darwin thingy. It was sort of funny seeing that _yes_ you could download the core of OSX, but it’s not the shiny interface of aqua (i good thing i wasn’t expecting much of the x86 version). And i’ve tried OSX, on the ibook, the imac, and the powerpc. I just simply didn’t like it. Being a unixy person it wasn’t impressed by the operating system, in the feel and look. I went into the command line and found a few nice things, and alot of weird folders apple added to get people from the old os to the new. i wasn’t impressed with that either. and the interface was good, and i liked the dock idea. but i was expecting that they’d adopt multi desktops, for people that are more of a power user that loves to leave apps open and not have to see them hanging around. And i also like the fact that all your choice is for the interface is aqua, but i guess you could say os9 would be an option for an interface, but it’s another operating system, i’m more of an X windows kind of guy. but i totaly respect that this is, for it’s made for the common mac classic user.
but not for me.
I’ve also heard something about OSX and pc’s. One thing for me is i personally wouldn’t want to get this, not meaning there isn’t groups of people that are going to go out and buy it. but knowing a majority of pc people wont even reconize it for a while, it’ll probably one of those OS’s that are more underground and more for people who were once apple users. that plus most windows users are anti-apple. you know the people who say “apples suck.”, watch babalon 5, and claim to be experts on computers only knowing a few cool tricks in windows (mostly just guys who know how to burn cd’s and have installed a sound or graphics card). yes those guys, will hassel people they know to use windowsxp claiming that to be the best os they’ve used(they themselfs never trying anything but mac classic).
I’m not saying all windows users, just a good majority. and really, i would of loved to have bought an ibook (new 14″ screen sounds cool) and to use the OSX operating system, but i bought my compaq laptop, and i’m using mandrake linux. so i’m fine with that until i want to try BSD or something else.
my 2 cents.
So i just kind of look at the ilamp as the IBM product, but much more shinier.
>forgot to add to this
much shinier, faster, and better graphics card. but the IBM model i saw about a year ago and the ilamp i seen within an hour. so there ya go.
WTF? no way.. the quality is not the same
i didn’t say that. i just said i’d rather save 300 on an apple by getting an imac than the new ilamp.
i say ilamp cause in shadow it looks like a lamp.
^ +i didn’t say anything about qaulity+
Here in Germany, the new Imac with SuperDrive costs EUR2.550,84 (DM 4.989,01). That’s unacceptable. I was thinking to buy one but no way that i accept such a rip off. Unbelievable. No excuse for design or something else.
OK I just speced out a Dell Dimension 4300s 1.4 GHz PIV system with 15 in flat panel, ethernet, modem (the imac dosent have a winmodem), combo drive, USB, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB HD. A system not unlike our new iMac. Price, you ask? $1569.00 WOW that iMac is expensive compared to this DELL!
Sure you can find a cheap ass eMachines on Pricewatch…and what name brand manufacturer do you have to back it up? Apple’s are premium brand computers, not commodity trash, so you have to compare Apples with Apples….Apple vs. Dell is fair. Apple vs. eMachines is like comparing a BMW to a Yugo. Sure the iMac is the 325i of the line, but its an Apple and its backed up with Apple research, design and support.
You can price out the Dell yourself on their site. The iMac isnt competitive with eMachines, but its very competitive with Dell. (Note the 4300s is advertised at $899. I have given the machine a spec roughly equivalent to the iMac. If you would rather have a 20 Gig drive and look at a cheap nearly hemispherical CRT, then you can get the Dell for less. I wont argue that point.)
Ok, I’m willing to admit that the new iMacs look slick (though the monitor could be bigger) and Macs with fast G4s running OSX are actually respectable machine, but honestly .. is a computer that looks l ike a desklamp worth all the hype it has received? I mean, what’s next? If Apple figures out how much sex sells, I guess next year’s iMac will be in the shape of a giant dildo? And stupid Mac zealots will hail it as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Personally, I don’t sit around looking at a computer all day, so I couldn’t give two shits about what it looks like. I am more concerned with substance over style, and if Apple were more concerned about making OSX not run as slow as snot on a doorknob instead of coming up with these stupid desklamp contraptions, maybe I’d be a little more interested.
And to the person who said that iTunes was better than Winamp, please pass me whatever it is that you’re smoking!
oh my god! i got ripped off buying a bmw when i could have bought a hyundai! jeez folks, comparing any mac to any pc parts is just not right. it’s like saying that the bmw 316i and the hyundai elantra are exactly the same because they have the same displacement engine, same number of cylinders, same number of doors and seats, has a hood and a trunk, 4 wheels, and a spare. why buy bmw then? hyundai’s will get you around the city pretty much the same. but then again, you don’t get the prestige, quality of build, and ease of use of the bmw. you’d get a economical, questionable build, and difficult to use (example, lousy door handles, lousy steering, lousy brakes).
mac and pc. whats the diff? its quality versus quantity. pcs are cheap because there’s just too much. macs are quality oriented however. you turn one on, use it. pcs, you turn one on, use it, crash windows (yes even windows xp). plus, macs have the advantage of actually having a sense of consistent UI. unlike windows, where it seems that everything is a little more troublesome to use (like why does my digicam default store pictures to C:\program files\canon\picbrowser ex\indexed photos\2001_12_12). i know the digicam thing can be easily set to another directory, but then why not just put it in a My Pictures folder?
finally, if you hate the new imac, or it’s pricing, then you’re not the target of the apple marketting department (or steve job’s). so simply don’t buy it. complain, let apple hear you, let us hear you. but then if you contradict what everyone says, then you’re obviously not openminded enough to see the other side of things. my explanation may even irritate you mac haters. and if it has irritated you, or at least made you contradict everything i say here, then i’ve successfully attracted my target readers.
by the way, i use windows xp and freebsd. not enough money (yet) to get a new ibook. soon hopefully.
FWIW, I just priced out a Dell Dimension 4400 with 15 in TFT and superdrive (other specs similar to iMac w/superdrive). The Dell was a real price performer here too… $1990.00. This price comparison business is getting fun Eugenia! I imagine the next thing youre going to tell me is that you can buy some sand for 25 cents and fab your own 4 GHz Pentium4 so you save $100 or so. If $1500 is too expensive, go buy a eMachines. I wonder how many of the people saying its too expensive are really using $599 PC’s (not build it yourself FrankenPC’s but real honest to god $599 eMachines garbage).
— a nice read about pricing. and second to the last section. shows that a comparable dell is actually $31 more expensive! sheesh. why am i even bothering.
“finally, if you hate the new imac, or it’s pricing, then you’re not the target of the apple marketting department ”
You’re right, because they’re obviously targetting morons who think that Windows is too difficult to use, and who think Steve Jobs is God.
I wonder why you want to compare prices, is 1500$ so expensive ?
Mac world and ‘standard PC’ world are very too different,
I don’t like to annoying me with questions like:
“will the xyz graphical card is supported by WindowsXP,BeOS, Linux and QNX Rtp?”,
“will I have sound with this xyz card…?”
“will I find conflicts with these hardware?” etc…
With Mac it’s simple, all you have ‘inside’ works. The software use your hardware. These kinds of considerations are very important IMHO.
What’s more the quality and the ‘design’ are here. If I had to buy a new computer, I will choose a MacG4.
As soon as Linux works on the new Imac, I’m sure that this nice beast will be on my desk, in order to have a ‘reference platform’ for BlueOS maybe or just for fun! Expensive it is not if you really compare it to an ‘integrated PC’ from Dell, Compact… only Sony with Vaio can compete.
“wonder why you want to compare prices, is 1500$ so expensive ?”
Yes. For a low-end computer that is really expensive.
I had to return it. It never worked. That’s what happens when you buy a POS. The imac is not for the geeks. Its for the creative industry and the mac lover who chooses to be different.
It costs $1500 in US. It means some $2000 in Western Europe and even more in Eastern Europe. Estonia, where I live, is quite a prosperous country by eastern european standards, but $2000 is worth about 7-8 of average monthly salaries (and almost doubles mine) here. No wonder, there are virtually none Macs here. At least I haven’t seen any during 8 years of my professional carrier and preceding educational period. I guess there is no bright future for Mac on any market out of US
> mac and pc. whats the diff? its quality versus quantity.
There also quality pc components. You have the choice on x86 – you have no (or very limited) choice on mac.
> pcs, you turn one on, use it, crash windows (yes even windows xp).
MacOS does not crash? Haha. Tell this your grandmother. Maybe she believs you. I use Macs from time to time and I KNOW that macs CRASH!
> why does my digicam default store pictures to
> C:\program files\canon\picbrowser ex\indexed photos\2001_12_12
This is windows’ fault? No! It’s the fault of the developer of your digicam software (canon?).
> you’re obviously not openminded enough to see the other side of things
Who’s not open minded? There are some very cool parts of the mac (hardware & software) architecture, but macs are not heaven!
Mac hardware looks cool. OSX looks cool. But after a while you get used to it and it’s just a Mac.
My PC is placed under my desk. I don’t care how it looks like. I don’t look at it. If I had a G4 it would be the same.
Lets do a comparison to similar specs of the ‘All-In-One’ design…
Gateway Profile PC;
$1699… $400 more compared to the new iMac with slightly similar specs (Gateway has some outdated hardware though, like a Pentium III for example)
IBM NetVista X Series;
$1699… and nothing to compare, you get only a 20GB hard drive. The top model is $600 more and you get alot less!
Apple new iMac (desktop lamp hehe) Please compare both old and new iMac models;
$1799… you pretty much blow away the competition with investment and get everything G4 and a SuperDrive
Sorry folks, but your arguments are just not valid and you haven’t proven anything! Apple has finally built a solution that not even PC users can argue with!!!
Here in G
Sorry, for the last post:
Here in Germany:
IBM NetVista X with 15′ P4/1.6Ghz 128Mb/40Gb/CdRW is EUR2343 (from ibm.de)
which is only EUR150 more then the new Combo IMac with DVD/CDRW.
But keep in mind that if you want to buy a cheap PC you can choose whatever you want. If you want to buy a cheap Mac you have this old IMac which i don’t think that they are faster enough for OSX. The point here is that you have, yes, a wonderful product, but you fail to attract new customers.
“Apple has finally built a solution that not even PC users can argue with!!!”
Well, if this solution had a 17 or 19 inch monitor, you might be right
Besides that, it’s not really the price that turns me off. It’s Apple hyping this thing up to be something it’s not.
The new iLamp is nothing more than an all-in-one flat-screen display computer with a very good design. It is NOT some kind of technological marvel that’s going to revolutionize computing, as Apple might have its followers believe. In other words, it’s overhyped. Not quite as bad as the Segway, but Apple should be ashamed of themselves
Eugenia said :
<em>I am sorry, but it seems that I am not as rich as you are. Are you available btw? </em>
Poor, poor JBQ… :p
>>Besides that, it’s not really the price that turns me off. It’s Apple hyping this thing up to be something it’s not.<<
It’s no better than Microsoft who was hyping up Windows XP… it was ridiculous if you ask me, yeah I was hoping Apple would of had some more great announcements as well, like AppleWorks 6 getting some new features or something! But I can admit that Steve Jobs’ keynote was great, he is a great speaker!
And as for the screen size, the other 2 PC models sport the same size (except for IBM top model NetVista X series)!
BTW … one final thought:
Apple better hope this thing doesn’t tank, or else next year’s version may be called iQuit – LMAO!
>>IBM NetVista X with 15′ P4/1.6Ghz 128Mb/40Gb/CdRW is EUR2343 (from ibm.de)
which is only EUR150 more then the new Combo IMac with DVD/CDRW.<<
I went to IBM German website (www.ibm.de), I live in Europe as well 🙂
The IBM NetVista X series model to whom you are referring is 2,343.20 Euros, which calculates to about $2,087.80 US Dollars
I also had the pleasure of going to Apple’s German website (www.apple.com/de/)to compare prices as well…
The new Apple iMac (iLamp hehe) is priced at 1,854.84 Euros, which is about 500 less to your mentioned model. A comparable IBM NetVista X series model “with the works” would be about 3,039.20 Euros… which is about 1,200 more Euros and doesn’t have a DVD burner, but only a CD-RW/DVD-ROM.
So the prices are actually alot worse here in Europe than I thought! Oh well, I am in no rush to get a new Mac, I am curious though of how this thing will do in the public eye!
$730 for a comparable machine? You have to be kidding. This is business folks and nothing is free. Apple may give its software away for “free”, but the cost of development is substantial, so the idea that they are making 50% margins is absurd. “Free” software is pure marketing. Read any finance page and you will see that Apple has margins in the the 20-30% range…compare to Dell’s 20% (one of the few PC manufacturers still making money at all). Should the consumer expect such awesome prices that they put the computer company out of business or into the red? The average consumer is buying a machine for what reasons?: it looks good in their home or at the reception desk at the office, it has a manageable footprint, it is reliable, it is easy to use, it is bundled with a set of software that meets their basic needs, etc. The average consumer is not trying to get 250 fps in Quake 3, rendering 3D animation in 3DS Max, compile c++ apps, or trying to spend several hours on Pricewatch trying to find the best deals from several different sources…and then paying for seperate shipping costs, assembling the gear, and then having no support to speak of. And it is highly unlikely that anything but a very small percentage of the best PC tweakers are capable of building a machine that will run as reliably as a brand new Mac.
I have OS X running on a heavily tweaked and upgraded three year old biege G3 Mac (unsupported model) and it has not locked up once since March!
AppleWorks is better than Microsoft Works.
Mac OS is better than Windows except for compatibility with certain business needs and fanatical gaming.
iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Quicktime, bundled games, iDVD (for models that have it), Diskburner, DVD Player, Quicken, World Book Encylopedia are all included and worth quite a bit and in most cases better products than comparable Windows titles.
Apple is not getting rich off of us. Microsoft is getting rich off of Windows and Office at the prices they sell for. Check out the profit reports.
I have built a machine using gear mostly found on PriceWatch and I would say that it took me approximately 20 hours to find it, order it, follow up on the orders, and build it. I then spent many hours configuring the machine and doing updates to software (via cable modem that not everyone has).
What do you make per hour? Multiply that by the above and you see Dell’s and Apple’s pricing. Obviously the percentage of people capable of building their own machine is quite small.
I still don’t get the same level of support. OEM Windows = no support.
If you want to build your own computer, then you are less than one percent of the market, so quit complaining like an immature and ill informed baby. The reality is that Macs can’t be built via PriceWatch, so use what is available and fall in love with the experience while occasionally bemoaning the fact that 500 game titles aren’t released for the platform each year and that certan business needs can’t be met in a Windows centric world (help build OS X into what it can be and that won’t be an issue either.)
Yes, you are right about the price difference. I was using this 2 models because what you loose on one side (memory/dvd) you gain with the cpu speed; i wanted to make 2 points: the first one is that you don’t really have a comparable low end model besides the new Imac, where you, on the pc side, you can always build a cheap (ok, ugly) one. The second is that here, for whatever reasons, we are paying a huge price premium which are getting the things worse.
This is a pity, because i wanted to give OSX a try. But now….
The IBM NetVista X Series top model is 3,085.60 Euros
Advantage; 17 inch monitor
Disadvantage; 40 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Apple’s new iMac top model is 2,550.84 Euros
Advantage; SuperDrive (DVD-RW/CD-RW), 60 GB hard drive, 500 Euros cheaper
Disadvantage; 15 inch monitor
Sorry about that, I was looking at a couple different models!
>>This is a pity, because i wanted to give OSX a try. But now….<<
That is understandable, my advice to you is maybe get one of the old iMacs while they are selling cheap (unless you really want the new one). I am running Mac OS X on a iMac DV G3/400, and it runs just fine, it runs alot better on my Ti-Book G4, but for the most part Mac OS X is running good in the G3 (10.1 release, not the 10.0 release).
The iMac (second edition!) is new and as every new technological gadget, it came out with a premium price. Likewise, do you really think that a 2.2gz Pentium 4 cost 200$ more to manufacture than a 2gz? That’s always the same rule in technology: you charge a premium for what’s new to get back your R&D investment as quickly as possible so you can pay your future R&D.
Also some points I completely disagree in the estimation:
50$ only for software: developping OSX cost a lot of money and Apple needs some way to get that money back. By comparison, winXP home edition full version (not upgrade): 199$ retail! Even the OEM version is more than 100$. And due to the number of copies that M$ sells, there is probably no comparison on the return on inverstment between M$ and Apple.
10$ for the case (and power supply): tell me where you find one! Especially one so special as the new iMac.
Comparing Apple and eMachine is not fair, I guess the R&D at eMachine is minimum.
On the other hand, I also regret that a low cost Mac (like the 899$ Dell with just the basic) is not available. Maybe the price of the old iMac will be cheaper and that might be an alternative.
In germany you should buy your PC at the Aldi supermarket 🙂
The last model had a 1800Mhz P4, 80GB disk, 256MB RAM
geforce 3, analog video in and out, analog and digital sound
in/out (proper sp/dif), usb, firewire,modem, 10/100mb NIC,
win xp home and the works suite and speakers for DEM 2400.
(or maybe even 2300DEM) and two weeks later a 15″TFT
for 600 or 700DEM.
which is in total less then 1500 EUR (including tax)
the middle imac with combo drive costs in the netherlands
2140 EUR (incl tax 19%) yes thats $1910.
Oh dear, are you gonna get flamed by the Mac-faithful for this one! Back in the days before & after the first iBook appeared, I was a member of an iBook mailing list. Once the orig, small-screened, under-powered iBook was released, I sent a price/perf. comparison of it & an similar Gateway laptop to the list. Tried to be really objective, gave the iBook points where it deserved them, but the Gateway still won out. More memory, bigger screen, faster CPU and about $150 cheaper.
Man, did I get blasted. Took weeks for my singed-off eyebrows to grow back after reading some of the responses… ;->
>>That is understandable, my advice to you is maybe get one of the old iMacs
>>while they are selling cheap (unless you really want the new one). I am running
>>Mac OS X on a iMac DV G3/400, and it runs just fine, it runs alot better on my
>>Ti-Book G4, but for the most part Mac OS X is running good in the G3 (10.1
>>release, not the 10.0 release).
Uhm, maybe i will give it a try. I just heard reports about MacOSX not running too well on the G3. Thanks anyway!
and i forgot the dvdrom and cdrw
>>the middle imac with combo drive costs in the netherlands
2140 EUR (incl tax 19%) yes thats $1910.<<
Macs are very popular in The Netherlands… mainly due to the Dutch not liking Bill Gates and Microsoft!
There’s an important question here. If Apple want to be the Mercedes Benz of computers that’s OK but if they are only gonna target 5 to 10% of the population and not even try to compete with Microsoft/Dell etc. who is?
Seems they’re happy being second. They probably have fatter margins than other computer companies hence the $4bn in reserves and that is there comfort blanket.
No-one I know has a Mac, they are rare and expensive
as OSNews reader Mario correctly spotted in our forums, a 700 G4, is equivelant to a 900-933 Mhz PIII – already far cry from the expensive and fast P4 that eMachines is offering for less!
You should know that a P3 933 equals a P4 around 1,2 GHz.
P4 is the first (?) CPU in Intels history which performs less work/clock cycle than it’s predecessor.
This was just a note though… I DO agree that Mac hardware is far too expensive when compared to th x86 counter-part.
Have you ever shopped for a car? You have 100s of choices. They all exceed the maximum legal speed limit of 70 mph. They all have seats, steering wheel, etc. But what makes a Mercedes $60K more than a Hyundai? Engineering? nah. Materials? nah. Looks? nah. Marketing, marketing, marketing. Mercedes has developed an image an reputation and people are willing to pay extra for it. It’s all legal. It’s called free enterprise. AND for the 99% of the marketplace that does not have a CS degree, the appeal of an easy to configure and use computer is a major attraction. THAT adds value. In your price you also fail to give any value for the included software. Well, yeah, Linux has Gimp for photo editing, but no one has yet to come out with a free video editor. Finally, the inefficiencies of the Mac OSX that most people complain about have no impact on the typical, everyday user. Linux can only become a player in the desktop world when they understand K.I.S.S.
…and between – if you pick your own components for your PC you probably go by Athlon which gives more horse power per dime!
no one has yet to come out with a free video editor
Check http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/“>this this” rel=”nofollow”>http://heroinewarrior.com/”>this.
Between, I can’t find out any major applications for MacOSX that is lacking on the x86 platform… inform me if I’m wrong.
>>If Apple want to be the Mercedes Benz of computers that’s OK but if they are only gonna target 5 to 10% of the population and not even try to compete with Microsoft/Dell etc. who is?<<
When people got out to Wal-Mart and/or Circuit City to purchase an economical PC, they are the same type of people that would go purchase a Hyundai, they don’t care about styling… they just want something to get them from point A to point B!
When a person goes to the Apple Store or CompUSA to buy a Mac, styling and something radically different with slightly better performance is on their mind of necessity, these are the same people who go out and purchase Mercedes Benz, BMWs and cars of that nature… styling is important, especially image!
Though Dell now has added styling to their PC line (and I really like what Dell has to offer, well except for Windows) they didn’t 5 years ago, they use to be what Honda was in the late 70s, early 80s… now look at Honda, you can consider a Honda a Japanese version of a Mercedes, very well engineered and designed. Dell has followed suit in that arena, most of the other PC makers have not (except for IBM, which we expect perfection from them).
I think most people probably don’t care what computer they have, as long as it gets the job done, whether it is for internet and email or just multimedia stuff I like my Macs, they fit my personality and I am willing to pay the price of a Mac because I know I am getting my money’s worth and a great experience behind it. I’ve already owned a PC (still have it) and it just did not fit me, but just like computers and cars people are different and have different wants and needs. I could care less if Apple had more or less of the market share… if they gain more then fine I congratulate them, but being a Mac user is fun indeed since we are a rare and weird breed for the most part!!
>>Between, I can’t find out any major applications for MacOSX that is lacking on the x86 platform… inform me if I’m wrong.<<
You are right, but critics and analysts will tell you that Microsoft’s offering for Windows XP (video editor) doesn’t come close or compare with what Apple has to offer in the multimedia area or “Digital Hub” as Steve Jobs calls it!
First of all some of those prices are out in left field. $10 for a case, $10 for a pair of speakers. We know what you get with $10 speakers, garbage. A $10 case is not realistic. But those are penny’s on the dollar in total cost terms. Once again there is no software cost. Unless you are shutting down your old computer or running a free OS, you have another $100 at least. Since we are talking about building a computer for your average user, you have to include software costs. As was also pointed out you neglected shipping charges for getting your individual components. Since we are comparing how much the Mac would cost *you* versus *you* buying the components and building it yourself, this is certainly a valid price to add in.
Lastly, you mention the wonderful eMachines as the example of “good” PC pricing. In case you didn’t notice, they were on the verge of filing for bankrupcy before being bought up by EM Holdings. So their “wonderful” pricing structure proved as idiotic and unrealistic as it sounded.
Bottom line, computer manufacturers need margins to make money. Dell, IBM, Compaq and all of them have similar margins. You as a personal builder has none, and it is reflected in your cost. The Apple machines are not rip-offs, they are priced competitively with equivalent PC’s. Where they get lost is in the bargain basement computers, which is not a market Apple wants to compete in. That venture was almost as big a failure to Apple as the clone market–which didn’t extend the user base one iota but did erode Apple’s profits.
PS I will also take exception to the poster who said there is no modem on the iMac. There most certainly is.
>>No-one I know has a Mac, they are rare and expensive<<
I see them in Windows in Dutch house quite frequently, and you know how the Dutch don’t cover their windows up! I am not nosy or anything, but one thing I can tell you Primafoon down the street from me sell Macs like hotcakes. I remember when they were first getting the new iBooks in last summer, I had to wait 3 weeks or so before seeing one in person… as soon as they would put one on display, it would sell. My friend went x-mas shopping at the Mega-Mall and said people were carrying out iMacs like there was no tomorrow. I am a witness that Macs sell well in The Netherlands from my experience, is that saying that every Dutch person has a Mac, NO! But they do sell well here!!!
Hey that comparison is fine and dandy but does that Geforce cerd ypu chose have a DVI interface – after all the TFT in the iMac probably is digital. Same goes for your LCD. Oh and I doubt the machine you speced out is as quiet as the iMac (25 dBA).
Sure Macs are more expensive but my figure is more in the 200$ – 300$ range and not 730$. But I’m probably talking out of my ass (but hey so are you!).
These 730 $ will buy you a crappy PC !! What kind of TFT screen do you get for 250 $ ? What kind of quality case do you get for 10 $ ? If you want to compare the iMac with some PC hardware, at least try to use same-quality elements. A good case and power is not 10 $ but 100 $. A decent TFT screen is 400 $, not 250 $. Etc… the bill adds up quite fast.
Of course, this statement applies…
“Steve Jobs has lots of style, unfortunately that is all he has..”
– magazine article and review
You are right, but critics and analysts will tell you that Microsoft’s offering for Windows XP (video editor) doesn’t come close or compare with what Apple has to offer in the multimedia area or “Digital Hub” as Steve Jobs calls it!
So what, none of them are professional. Even the free alternatives I mentioned in previous post are alot more professional then. Most Mac users use Premiere then… and it is available to Windows as well.
What kind of TFT screen do you get for 250 $ ?
A decent TFT screen is 400 $, not 250 $
Well… a decent 15″ TNT screen should definately be able to view a res higher than 1024×768 (which is max for the iMac one)
If you like to install Win every year, than you are fine and you could buy a cheap PC. Where cheap means really cheap, lots of problems like crashes and so on, ask my collegue ;-).
I worked several years with Win and I just don’t like it to have a bad feeling with every software you install, because you never know if your system will work after. and the best you can’t go back to the state bevor the install !!
So I’m just tyred of installing and fixing and searching drivers (very often the ones which are delivered are buggy). I want a comp to have my work done, and not to fight with it so he is running.
Just for example I never have ‘destroeyed’ RISC OS on my 2 machines with installing software, the same goes for BeOS. With every Win machines I have it was the same. At first very fast and than with every month slower and slower until you had to install it again.
So since BeOS is ‘death’ I will go for a Mac
Just my 2 Rappen 😉
I have to admit, it is incomprehensible how consumers thinking one form of BS
over another is good flavored or not. The iMac has class, and that is all it
has. PCs have speed, and that is about all they have. Both crash regularly
if not configured ‘just a certain way’. OSX is a PIG, 9.x is not much better
just a difference flavor. WIndows is garbage, we all know it. Linux is almost
to the point you can be a non-programmer and use it. BeOS is simple, clean
and fast, but abandonwear. In all, the only thing left i see useful to compare
prices is the cost of getting treatments for the headaches you get from reading text
online. iMac has one up, you have no choice but to read it off LCD, so now
we go from cancer treatments to eye bugging out treatments. Oh the joy.
When is the computer industry going to get it right?
It looks like you’ve gone out and priced the cheapest, most shakey parts you could find to put together your uber-cheap wonder box. I’d just like to point out the figures I take issue with.
Case $10 USD
Any case I ever saw for $10 was really quite a flimsy, poorly constructed (ripped my hand open on unfinished, unsanded, jagged edges), piece of tin, and it even lacked a power supply. The iMac has a newly designed, custom case. It costs money (and quite a bit, at that) to have a mold/stamp constructed to develop a completly new case design. Go look at a $300 Enermax case versus the $10 piece of tin, and not only will it look better, it’s constructed better. Finished aluminum (which cools better), all the corners are smooth so you can’t damage yourself, and it’s sturdy. You wouldn’t think twice about using it for a step ladder. Add $50 for at least a plain looking, better constructed case with power supply.
Again, you’re comparing the lowest priced LCD to an Apple Digital Display. I won’t say much about this except, put a regular Digital to Analog converted LCD next to an Apple Digital display, there will be no doubt that the Apple display is cleaner, crisper, and doesn’t suffer from “trails” where there is fast action on the screen.
A good PC motherboard will run you $150, if you want the fastest bus speeds, ATA 100 all the way across, etc. Plus, the motherboard for the iMac has two firewire and three USB ports on it. You don’t get that with a $50 PC motherboard. Now I can’t say that I’ve seen the iMac motherboard, but I’m assuming it’s been radically redesigned as well to accomodate the small footprint of the case. This again brings us back to production costs associated with getting stamps/presses/molds created to develop the brand new design.
Also at this point, I’d like to propose this “riddle”, if you would. Why is it that a, say, Celeron 800 Laptop will cost you twice as much, if not more, than your $730 PC? I mean, it’s slower technology. It’s nowhere near as fast as a P4 1.4 Ghz PC, you don’t get nearly the hard drive space (20 or 30 gig standard, versus the 60 or 80 gig standards on Desktops these days) and only at 4200 RPMs, at that. Yet people pay twice as much for them all the time.
The simple answer is, the technology is smaller, and smaller costs more to manufacture. The complex answer is… well, you figure it out.
This is more on a personal level, some people may be perfectly happy with a $10 NIC, but being the uber-network-geek that I am, nothing but 3Com NICs go into my machines. I prefer the quality, the history of the company, and the ongoing support to pay for them – and the fact that I’ve never had one die on me is a boost, too. 3C905 Nic, $40.
You want to compare a $10 pair of tinny boxes to Harmon Karden built speakers? No comparrison. None. Sorry.
I could go on and on, point by point on almost everything you’ve quoted, but I guess I’ll just sumarize with this. You’ve assembled essentially the Ford Pinto of PC’s – they’re mass produced, cheap and abundant. They’re also old, outdated and pretty much haven’t changed in design in 10 or 15 years. The iMac is new, freshly designed with some pretty neat and new technology stuffed into it. And let’s face it, you pay for neat and new. I mean, I can go buy a disposable camera for $10, but the new Digital Camera I want is $999 – why is it so much more?! …it’s still just a camera!
The digital hub idea is for amateurs only. Again, more of the target audience for the iMac. However, professionals have more choices on both platforms than Premiere. Macs use Final Cut Pro as well, and PC users have a few software options. Premiere is not the defacto standard for this realm, but it is quite popular. I would never run Premiere on a Mac if I had a PC available though. The time specs for premiere on a Mac, running any OS, are no where near as good as they are on a top of the line Macs. Unfortunately it isn’t as AltiVec aware as other Adobe products.
Apple is a PREMIUM brand. You’re comparing COMMODITY hardware (less design, manufacture, etc.) to a PREMIUM product. Read the Time article – Jobs compares Apple to BMW and Mercedes, and after *thoroughly* researching them, so do I. You pay extra for the intangible user experience that you can’t get with Windows. You pay extra for the “cutting edge” design (coolness). You pay more for running a functional OS on a RISC processor rather than the inferior CISC design. You pay more because you’re getting iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iTools, iWHATEVER for *free*.
The arguments about Apple charging too much have been around forever, and it’s never going to change. I, too, am an ex-Beos user (I think I went by Vertigo on BeNews Forums), and I hate Windows with a passion. I hate it. I hate being FORCED to use it at work. I hate all the little incompatibilities, glitches, errors, and crashes of ALL forms of Windows, including the sh*tty and overhyped WinXP. I admin an NT network, and NT SUCKS. I understand Apples are expensive, but you get what you pay for. I, for one, am willing to pay extra:
1 – NOT to use Windows ever again if possible
2 – To keep Apple (a viable alternative to Windows) alive
3 – To use an OS that doesn’t make me tear my hair out or cry myself to sleep at night
4 – To be part of the Mac community (friends with common interests, etc.)
I got into BeOS because it was the most Mac-like thing I could find on the PC, (besides the uniformly crappy Mac emulators). We all saw what happened to Be. They were great, and I loved them, but there was no other way for them to end. A war with M$ is almost over before it starts… The world would SUCK if it happened to Apple too. If they give away their stuff, it *will* happen to them. Be, Inc. were NICE GUYS. Unfortunately, NICE GUYS FINISH (*DEAD*) LAST. You can’t survive if you’re giving out your only product in sad desperation.
I’ve been eyeing Apples since before 1998(!!) and haven’t been able to buy one yet (wife, car, bills, took a bath in the stock market, etc.). I play on my Father-In-Laws G3 PowerMac as much as possible, and immediately noticed all the little things that Apple users take for granted. It seems that Apple actually CARES about putting out a quality product, but they understand that with <5% of the marketshare, they need every cent they can get. I’m okay with that. They’re not trying to be MacDonald’s. They ARE a niche player. I’m saving up to buy an OLD G3 iMac to get my foot in the door before I sell all I own and plunk down the big ca$hola on a G5 Powerbook in years to come. If you can’t *afford* the best, you can’t *buy* the best. And you can’t expect Apple to give you one because you complain about the price. I’ve been longing for one far longer than you have, and I’m not complaining, so either take the hit and buy one, settle for an older model, or go back to BeOS. This is reality. Sell your PC(s) if you’re switching. Get on a team and back it. GNU/Linux, Windows, BeOS, AtheOS, BSD, OpenBeOS, Mac, whatever. They all have good points and bad points. Unfortunately, one of Apple’s good points is not price (although the VALUE for the money IS there, for me at least, when you factor in all the intangibles).
Change hurts, but you gotta ignore it and just jump right in if you want to, money be damned. You only live once. The most important thing is getting your mind set on which way you want to go. The rest will just happen in time. And if you don’t think your happiness is worth it, you will choose the less-expensive “blue pill” and go to Windows XP like 95% of the world. And everything will be alright.
Best of luck in your post-BeOS computing life.
I hope the next OS you love survives.
The profit is slightly greater that 100% if the cost is $730 and the selling price is $1499 (not 50% profit).
> I am sorry, but it seems that I am not as rich as you are.
So the gripe is that you basically have no money. There’s any number of thoughtful issues which could have been discussed concerning the new iMac but whether you can afford one or not doesn’t really cut it for me.
Ohh, so users should pay twice as much for apple hardware to get a video editing program for amateurs only, that comes with MacOS.
Hmmm… IMO $750 is quite much for an amateur video editing app
Digital only LCD screens (as used in the imac)
are cheaper then the ones who have also a
analog VGA converter so $250 is a good guess.
I have a 17″ TFT with analog input and with a good videocard
the quality looks the same as a digital only solution.
Apple may be a premium brand and people are willing to pay for
it the parts it puts in it’s computers are the same everyone else
in the industry uses. Apple doesn’t make TFT panels they buy it
by the 100000 from a manufacturer.
Euginia: You keep singing that emachines are comparable to Apple. The only problem with that is that eMachines is bankrupt and Apple has 4 billion in the bank. Emachines tries to subsidize your PC by selling Advertising and installing spyware on your new computer. That is why emachines are so cheap.
The hardware may be the same, but the target market is not as similar is you say it is. Emachines target people who would not have purchased a pc unless it was dirt cheap (hell with a 400 MSN rebate, all you had to pay of an emachine was the Tax!) Apple is not trying to sell the iMac to people who wouldn’t normally buy computers. Apple is positioning the iMac G4 as an elitest computer like the Acura over the the Honda. It costs a little more and it does the same stuff as the cheaper model but you buy it because of its style and prestige. Apple to Dell is a fair comparison. Both are successfull computer hardware companies. You can’t compare them to a company who’s every product was a loss leader. Its not a valid long term business model.
The included software is for amateurs only. That’s why there are professional products available. The iMac’s is more than good enough for professional video editing, but they will probably want a PowerMac tower because they’ll want to add in more A/V cards for I/O. Side by side comparisons of iMovie and iDVD have never shown the low cost, much less free, Windows equivalent to be comparable in user experience. Just read some reviews. On Final Cut Pro vs. Premiere vs. other software, there is a lot more debate. A lot of the debate is personal perference as well. And once again (ad nauseum) you are not paying an extra $750. You are *maybe* paying an extra $200 compared to the same mainstream PC desktop system.
somewhere out that long list, i’ve read some arguements about my arguements.
sweet. at least there are still a lot of people using their brains.
you research about the products you see. you try and find out what you need and what you want. want a mac? want a pc? want a nintendo? that’s fine. i want a mac. there. you want a pc. there. you gonna argue about me wanting a mac and telling me i’m stupid? fine. you believe macs are overpriced pieces of sh!t fine. you believe macs are worth the money fine.
i’ll just say this. in our priority lists, we first check what we can afford. if we can afford a lot, then we go for what we WANT. if we can’t afford something, we go for something else we NEED. just think about this… instead of arguing, get what you want or what you need or what you can afford. we’re all gonna die anyway. why waste time arguing your point whether or not something sucks or not, whether something is too expensive or not. just enjoy life.
peace to everyone.
<p>You are right, but critics and analysts will tell you that Microsoft’s offering
for Windows XP (video editor) doesn’t come close or compare with what Apple
has to offer in the multimedia area or "Digital Hub" as Steve Jobs
So what, none of them are professional. Even the free alternatives I mentioned
in previous post are alot more professional then. Most Mac users use Premiere
then… and it is available to Windows as well. </p>
<p>I am a Mac user, and I use Final Cut Pro. That is NOT available on Windows.</p>
Well…The cost for the system will be artificially higher at first to make up development cost and production cost for this type of all custom design, but the cost will be driven down qucikly as production gears up. Apple will be buying at a large volume which will drive cost down further, if the imac is a hit as the old one was. The pricing that Eugenia is using I find realistic and could even be less. When I buy by volume qulity parts I can drive down my prices 10% to 20% and what I consider volume would pale in comparison to Apple.
Eugenia, stop whining about the Apple prices. Buy the PC you describe. You’ll get what you want (correct?) for the money you are willing to spend.
Isn’t that simple?
Your (always the same) complains sound too familiar now 😉
OS cost wasn’t included with that price breakdown. How much does OS X cost when purchased separetly?
Also, what kind of an LCD are you getting for US$250?
People. Any one who cries about the price of a mac needs to buy one and sell it three years latter. You will find that it holds its value verry well. I sold a 3 year old 300mhz Blue and White for $1000(Canadian) this year so I could buy a duel processor g4 for $2400. Try that with a cheapolla PC.
Some answers to all of you guys:
1. What kind of LCD did you include?
15″ 1024×768, same as Apple’s. And don’t tell me that Apple has a better quality one, because I don’t buy it. The company they ordered them from, are also supplying LCDs for cheap LCD monitors for the PC world.
2. Software included, how much when purchased seperately?
Read the whole article carefully, the answer is there.
3. Apple is premium, it is the merceded benz of the computers.
No wonder it only has 3% of the market then. I would never buy a merceded benz. I am better off with a Toyota. It does its job perfectly.
But I want to run MacOSX too, like CattBeMac does and like Scott does and like Billy does. But Apple does not give a real choice.
4. eMachines not a good example, they are cheap.
eMachines are a perfect example. They are the low end of the PC world. And iMac is SUPPOSED to be the low end of the Mac world. Also, both are targetting EXCLUSIVELY the home user and have nice case design.
To my knowledge, eMachines quality is not bad at all.
5. The prices from pricewatch do not include shipping.
This is not included because when Apple is buying its parts, they buy in so high volumes (and in so much better prices) that the shipping price is included in the price of the shop I would buy it from PriceWatch. For example, if I say that a mouse costs at PriceWatch $10, the shipping is included, because PriceWatch as a wholesaler in order to get it from the factory, has already paid for it and includes the additional value to the $10. And Apple is a wholesaler too.
Please do not forget that I put a whole $270 dollars as an additional value to the $730 just for a breathing space for Apple to do their “premium stuff” they want to do. But I am not willing to pay more than that ($1000). I am not going to pay $800 MORE of the actual cost, just because Apple wants to be “Premium” or because it looks like an egg or because it looks like a desktop accessory. I am not going to be the village idiot for Apple’s favor.
Apple should wake up, create a really cheap machine and ALLOW people to use OSX. I don’t care how iMac looks. I don’t care if they add horns into it. All I want is to run OSX respectfully in a reasonable machine. And that’s the bottomline, my gripe, my pain.
Except of course, if Apple really want to be a niche locked at the 3% of the market and don’t want to really compete with Microsoft at any level. Dunno. Go ask Jobs for it.
I’m glad eMachines *made* good hardware. They are out of business because of their amazing business savy and marketing.
1. They are not out of business (yet). Their machines still selling at Frys.
2. The PC world is much more competitive than the Mac world. Surviving is much harder.
Just go to the Mac forums (macslash.com for example) for a change. 90% of the people there were dissapointed as well from yesterday’s keynote, iMac, prices and overly hype.
Also, News.com today has an article about new iMacs being expensive and that it will be difficult to compete in price and performance with similar cheap but modern PCs.
As you see, I am not the only one who was dissapointed yesterday.
You know what I don’t understand? It seems to me that Apple’s primary customers are educators and media development professionals. These professions generally carry a respectable, but not excessive salary. I just don’t understand how Apple can believe that the pricing scheme for the new iMacs is reasonable for this audience.
All through college I had to use the same Mac that I originally got as a high school graduation gift. This was not because it did everything I wanted it to by my forth year (in fact it did NOT), but because I couldn’t afford a new one, and was dead set against buying a Windows PC. Finally, with the iMac Apple started catering to the audience they have always captivated. They finally had a price range academia could afford. What was the result? Apple became the largest computer seller in the world for the holiday season after the iMac’s initial release! Good, great, grand… finally Apple Marketing had wisened up!
Then they went and released this new iMac, apparently completely oblivious to the strategies which lead to their own success. It is too expensive ‘.’
I have one more gripe: What the hell use is increasing the screen size of the iBook to 14.1″ if I can’t do 1280×1024?!? What, people wanted to see their icons be bigger??? It doesn’t give you any extra screen real estate! 1024×768 is fine for my mom and dad reading email, but it just plain sucks for writing code. I personally want the most pixels-per-inch I can get my hands on.
Sure the iMac is the 325i of the line, but its an Apple and its backed up with Apple research, design and support.
HA! Dude, have you EVER called Apple tech support?!? I have never been on hold for >>less<< than an hour with them. Also, while Apple hardware is traditionally very good when running MacOS, it is certainly not perfect. Do you know why it is that you can’t use PCI cards from a PC in a mac? The reason is that Apple has a flawed PCI implementation. You get to pay 30-50% more per-PCI Device just to get the Apple version because of (purposefully?) flawed engineering.
jeez folks, comparing any mac to any pc parts is just not right. it’s like saying that the bmw 316i and the hyundai elantra are exactly the same because they have the same displacement engine, same number of cylinders, same number of doors and seats, has a hood and a trunk, 4 wheels, and a spare.
No, it is like comparing two computers which use Quantum fireball SCSI drives, have PCI implementations, use GForce2MX graphics boards, and USB Mice. The primary differences between Macs and PCs (generally speaking) is the cpu/motherboard arch. The components are practically identical, except for the PCI workarounds, of course.
NOTE: There are as many PC Configurations as there are stars in the sky. My point is that it is *possible* to build a PC which has almost identical components to a Mac.
>>I have one more gripe: What the hell use is increasing the screen size of the iBook to 14.1″ if I can’t do 1280×1024?!? What, people wanted to see their icons be bigger??? It doesn’t give you any extra screen real estate! 1024×768 is fine for my mom and dad reading email, but it just plain sucks for writing code. I personally want the most pixels-per-inch I can get my hands on.<<
I think the main reason Apple brought this back (as I was told at the Apple Store when I bought my Ti-Book G4) that Apple customers were screaming for a bigger display on the iBook (like the ole Clam-Shell), though I run into people who want just the opposite.
>>HA! Dude, have you EVER called Apple tech support?!? I have never been on hold for >>less<< than an hour with them. Also, while Apple hardware is traditionally very good when running MacOS, it is certainly not perfect.<<
I can agree that Apple’s technical support is not peaches and cream and I wish it could be better, but I don’t call them often enough to worry about it either!
Since the markup on clothing is about 70%. I don’t know how you have time to write articles like this with all the sewing and knitting you must do.
TaCo[Fungi], Yeah I’ve called apple tech support. Numerous times. Never waited more than five minutes. Once you get past the front line of ding bats, the support guys are real good (All tech support companies have a front line of ding bats reading from an answer book). I sent my iBook in last summer to have the AirPort antenna repaired. Called at 4pm CT on monday. Airborne Express guy shows up on tuesday morning, takes iBook. I figure by the next tuesday I’ll have it. Thursday comes two days later. Airborne express guy shows up with iBook. It took TWO DAYS for them to fix my computer and get it back to me. Thats my experience.
I have PROVEN (read posts ~20-25) in my previous posts that one of the most popular PC manufacturers (DELL) has NO price advantage compared to Apple. Gateways and HP’s are slightly cheaper on the low end, you might be able to beat Apple by a few bucks with them. The $799 quality PC is a MYTH and EVERYONE here knows it. A few of you built your own PC and thats cool, but the vast majority of people reading this are sitting behind Dell’s and Gateways and HP/Compaqs. Sure you can configure a PC for $799 on Dell’s site, but you dont get shit!
There are lots of things to consider…do $799 PC’s offer 802.11 networking, ethernet, firewire? Are they expandable to 1GB RAM (talk about expandability most of these cheap PC’s wont take more than 512 MB RAM, IF THAT!) You guys are upset that you cant get an iMac for $799, I understand that. If you REALLY want to run OSX buy a used G3, OSX runs fine on G3’s (I’m running it on a G3) and stop bitching. By buying used you dont give any money to Apple, so you make your statement and still get OSX to try out.
You’ll find that a used G3 costs quite a bit more than used PC’s but $400 is still better than $1299. Macs just hold their value better. As a comparison heres a price breakdown of some of my used computers.
Computer New Price What I paid for it
IBM N40 Notebook $17,000 $300
SGI Indigo2 $40,000 $450
Sun SparcStation 5 $10,000 $230
Apple B/W G3 $1,500 $550
And that makes sense….which one do I use more? Guess.
I have no qualms about my disappointment. That was the first thing I posted. They needed to add DDR to the towers and up the MHz on the G4 into the mid-1000’s. But that is completely irrelevant to whether the current iMacs are a good deal. These machines a bit pricey compared to low-end machines available from Compaq or Dell. But none of those machines have an LCD display, and most of them don’t have firewire. The question is, does your average user need a DVD burner. Probably not. Which is why the machine may be expensive for that person buying it, but that doesn’t mean that you are getting ripped off on the hardware you *are* buying.
I think Apple should take the now low end G3 iMac (the previously high end one), and wrap it inside of a 19″ monitor for the same price. That would give you a reasonable OS X system for $700 with a 19″ monitor and all the trimmings (256MB RAM, CD-RW/DVD drive, 40GB HD, FireWire, USB, Modem). How would that suit you Eugenia?
Does anybody remember the original iMac price?
>I think Apple should take the now low end G3 iMac (the previously high end one), and wrap it inside of a 19″ monitor for the same price. That would give you a reasonable OS X system for $700 with a 19″ monitor and all the trimmings (256MB RAM, CD-RW/DVD drive, 40GB HD, FireWire, USB, Modem). How would that suit you Eugenia?
Please read my yesterday’s reply. I personally need a G4, because being a developer, I want access to the Velocity Engine.
However, for someone who does not care for a G4 as much as I am, then yes, the deal you are mentioning is very good.
However, there is a small problem again. The previous high end iMac at 700 Mhz G3, did not had DVD playback capabilities, which was my other problem with it. It was a simple CD-RW, not a combo.
But yes, if they add CD-RW/DVD and that G3 at 700 Mhz, it would be a good deal overall for $700 and it will allow people to switch to the Apple platform. That would have been a good thing to do. Even if they did not add 19″ monitor, but they kept their 15″, it would still be a good deal.
But Apple was unveiling yesterday “the official death of the CRT” (please!) and they killed the previous iMacs. Even after they have announced the new iMacs, they keep selling the previous iMacs at the previous prices with no discounts at all, as stock last.
Just out of curiosity, what code would you need to compile that would be velocity engine accelerated? If you are accessing pre-compiled libraries, then you won’t need it to run or compile your application on your platform. Vectorization is not trivial, which is why people spend a lot of effort optimizing their code for it. Even if the execution is easily accessible, you have to design your algorithm around it, which can also be difficult. Same with parellel processing.
Some interesting points here. My opinions on the matter:
* I really like the new iMac’s design. It doesn’t take up much space and gets around one of the biggest problems of all-in-one units: lack of being able to move the monitor to suit your needs.
* LCDs are cool and 15″ is fine for home users, but 1024×768, while acceptable, is disappointing. OS X craves more screen real estate than that.
* I really, really like what I saw of iPhoto (it’s very much like what I proposed to BeUnited, except with even more features). Overall, I really like the iApps; Apple has wisely decided “well, if we can’t have all of the hardware and software of the PC world, let’s pick some things that are important to users and make them easy”. And iPhoto is, in my opinion, much more important than either iMovie or iDVD, as digital cameras are much more common than either digital camcorders and DVD burners (DVD burning is a neat idea that won’t reach consumers for a few more years, when the price drops enough).
* I am sick and tired of hearing about how crappy all PC hardware and software is; it’s such delusional thinking. Sure, there is crappy PC hardware/software out there. But there is also hardware/software of remarkable quality. Apple’s stuff is usually rather good, but all it takes is one quick look at Macintouch’s reader reports or similar sites to see the various problems that people do have. Even Steve’s iPod wouldn’t sync during his keynote yesterday, and you know that was a machine that Apple employees set up and tested very carefully. Yes, Macs are good quality. But it’s folly to pretend that there isn’t good quality to be found in the PC world.
* As for OS X never crashing, try using being on NetInfo and then taking your portable home sometime. Quickest way to a reboot. Overall it’s a rather solid OS, but it’s not the OS of perfection that some make it out to be.
* For all its neat features and pretty graphics, I still contend that Windows XP is better overall (more task-designed focus, some really useful features, great handling of hardware and drivers, support for more technologies, better networking [ability to multihome, *much* better Samba than OS X], etc.). That said, OS X 10.1 is clearly a much larger improvement to 10.0 than XP was to Win2k. If OS X maintains this very impressive rate of improvement, it could do some great things in the near future. It’s definitely one to watch.
* By biggest complaint about this forum is the constantly misapplied car analogy. Why do people buy BMWs? Because of quality, speed, handling, style, and status. Sure, in some ways the Mac is better than PCs in this respect, as they tend to have more style and are of high quality (but no higher than respectable PC brands). However, they clearly lose the speed comparison, and “status” is kind of a misnomer when referring to computers. Plus, there is one *huge* point that the analogy misses. If I’m buying myself a car, I don’t care what brand of car you buy, because it doesn’t affect me. However, in the computer world, it does. The more people that use my platform, the more software and hardware support it will enjoy, which directly affects me. Thus, it’s very important that others share my choice. Mercedes can last just fine with a small market share, but that doesn’t mean a computer company necessarily can.
(Some people might be tempted to argue that, well, the more people own Mercedes, the more repair shops will be around in my area, so what brand of car the people around me buy does matter to me. This is certainly true, but is much, *much* less important than in the computer world, where the basic usefulness of the tool is defined by the applications available for it.)
ummmm Eugenia………They are still selling the older iMacs because that is their low end…….the new ones are not the low end PC line, they are the middle line that creates a nice spectrom of hardware from lowend with little expandability and power (when compaired to the rest of the line). a nice entry lvel system that is durable against kids; a middle line system that looks elegant and has the power and features a more seriouse home office proffecional needs to do work or for a general office workstation like word proccessing and reception (anything short of design/engeneering/grafic art); and then you come to the high end. with this moddle, you get the power needed to do design, engeneering, and graphics. this is the workstation, this is what you buy if you are seriouse about getting work done and need the extra power to do it.
the old iMac is going no where.
One minor clarification:
Where I said “For all its neat features and pretty graphics”, I was referring to OS X’s neat features and pretty graphics.
“Apple should wake up, create a really cheap machine and ALLOW people to use OSX. I don’t care how iMac looks. I don’t care if they add horns into it. All I want is to run OSX respectfully in a reasonable machine. ”
Heh, I agree. Low-end computers should be, well, cheap. e-machines realized this and buys inexpensive parts at bulk rates. Thus they can assemble an inexbensive product.
If apple really wanted to attract more users they should build a 700 dollar machine. And, please, add more memory! 128? that’s sad! i can get 128 megs of SDRAM for 20 dollars at bestbuy! There is no reason for apple to only include 128 megs. It’s pathetic.
Person one – “boy i’m sick of windows! it’s too slow (or wahtever”
Person two – “well, why don’t you get a new iMac. The new 700 mhz g4 with 128 megs of memory is only $1299”
Person one – “$1299?! That’s how much I paid that much for my 1.7 ghz athlon system! and it has 256 megs of memory!”
Person two – “well, a G4 700 mhz isn’t really as slow as it sounds”
Person one – “well… can i run all my games and programs on the imac”
Person two – “no… but a lot of people are bringing the games over to the mac! And the mac has better software”
Person one – “what?! I’ve spent thousands of dollars on software! and i will have to replace it if i get a mac?! your insane!”
that’s usually how it goes….
There’s one more thing I forgot to mention: it’s kind of pointless to debate what kind of PC you can get for the $1299 price of a low-end iMac right now, since that iMac won’t be available until March. The real question is what kind of PC will you be able to buy at that point.
Anyone who thinks an Emachine is a good deal is full of it or doesnt know anything about system design, hardware or computer repair. Please, if you want to buy an emachine go to whatever crappy store they’re selling them at and LOOK INSIDE. 90 or 70 WATT POW? 3 PCI SLOTS, NO AGP? Some crappy 4mb integrated video card? REMAN SEAGATE hard drives, and CHEAP REMAN memory.
If you buy cheap you get what you deserve.
” 90 or 70 WATT POW? 3 PCI SLOTS, NO AGP? Some crappy 4mb integrated video card? REMAN SEAGATE hard drives, and CHEAP REMAN memory. ”
where did you get thoese specs dude? a 700 dollar emachine comes with a geforce2 mx with 32 megs of intergrated video memory. where did you get the idea about the 4 mbs?!
well, i see what you mean about the 4 megs of onboard video. my old eTower 366id has that. but they stopped making that years ago dude.