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Shrek
Aug 28, 2002, 08:59 PM
The Apple PowerMac has every kind of feature that a workstation has: Support for dual processors, multiple hard drives, and support for two displays. It has an extensive amount of cache memory, has gigabit ethernet support, and supports many different SCSI devices. It comes with many different software tools designed for programming, graphic and sound editing. It can use huge flat-panel displays for advanced graphic and digital video editing. All this and more (I think). . .

IMHO, the PowerMac is a low-end workstation and should be marketed that way to prevent confusion. This is exactly the reason why PowerMacs cost so much. This means that the iMac is a consumer desktop; quite possibly in the near future there will be a high-end desktop iMac as well. The eMac is Apple's flagship budget desktop, the PowerBook is a desktop replacement system and the iBook is a low-end thin-and-light consumer notebook.

Any thoughts? :o

mnkeybsness
Aug 28, 2002, 09:34 PM
i pretty much agree...good deductions

vniow
Aug 28, 2002, 09:39 PM
Still, lower prices couldn't hurt.

Shrek
Aug 28, 2002, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by edvniow
Still, lower prices couldn't hurt.

Neh. Just need to market them differently. That's all. ;)

Rajj
Aug 29, 2002, 03:19 AM
Yeah.... what they said;) :p

Shrek
Aug 29, 2002, 09:45 AM
Ok, maybe Apple could come down in price a little bit. Instead of shooting for 30% profit margins, why not shoot for 10%. They should be worrying more about market share right now than profit, anyway. ;)

SilvorX
Aug 29, 2002, 01:01 PM
i think the g4 powermac server models should be the workstation (they are tho) model, while the normal powermac line be desktop, since when i talk to ppl who are thinking of becoming switchers, they want a mac with lots of customization (internal-wise)

Shrek
Aug 29, 2002, 01:11 PM
It would be nice if they could cut prices nearly in half. Though many will say it's not possible, I've heard a rumor that Apple is pressuring manufacturers to cut production costs; can't remember where though. :rolleyes:

bousozoku
Aug 29, 2002, 10:42 PM
They can cut the prices quite a bit--if you like plain beige boxes.

Personally, I like a littie bit of style. At these prices, we're getting more style than speed, so we'd better enjoy it.

The old PowerMacs used to have specs. right up there with professional workstations--except for video cards, but then, the video cards were available for as much as the machines.

Maybe they should create a new line of PowerMacs which are higher-priced with high-speed storage and integrated solutions for the workstation market and reduce the price of the current line to become a new Prosumer PowerLiteMac line. :)

Shrek
Aug 29, 2002, 10:46 PM
A more expensive G5 PowerMac Pro Workstation Line would be great, but make the current G4's consumer PowerMacs. ;)

Shrek
Aug 29, 2002, 10:49 PM
That's actually a nice name for high-end Mac workstations: Powermac Pro. Hmmm. ;)