Apple Store Visit Confirms: No Mac Exists

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  1. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Has anyone else noticed that there is currently no such computer as a "Mac"? The product line currently exists as follows:

    Consumer:
    Mac mini, iMac, MacBook
    Professional:
    MacBook Pro, mac pro

    Nowhere in the product lineup is there currently a computer marketed under the name of "Mac", a natural fit for their new naming convention. Some may suggest that the "medium-level" desktop machine exists already, that they just call it the iMac. Others may shrug that off saying that the iMac is no real comparison to a headless, flexible, upgradeable tower. What is your take?

    Are the doors wide open for a headless, upgradeable (smaller) tower design from Apple (Paris, MWSF?), or is the iMac just not "in-sync" with their new naming convention?

    Okay, it wasn't a press-release or anything, I just visited to get my facts straight.
     
  2. LoveMacMini macrumors regular

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    i've been rallying for such a device for a long time.

    doubtful it's going to happen, but really all i want is a mac mini with some competent onboard video and the ability to use 3.5 inch drives.
     
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Apple will never release a computer called the "Mac".

    "I just got a new computer!"
    "Oh, really? What kind"
    "A Mac"
    "Wow, that's great! What kind of Mac?"
    "A Mac"
    "I know. What model?"
    "A Mac!"
    "You bought a Mac Mac?"
    "I guess I did."

    On a similar note, GM announced a new model Chevrolet today...the Chevrolet.
     
  4. triotary macrumors regular

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    :D :D :D :D :D :D

    I just bought a Ford today!!!And I totally regretted it!

    which Ford?

    The ford!

    Ya I know, but which one?

    The Ford that always been crappy!!!
     
  5. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    All those machines are Macs. They are just different kinds of Macs. Just like the 128K was a 'Mac' or the iBook was a 'Mac', etc.
     
  6. michaelrjohnson thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's very obvious.

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    Their current naming scheme, however, would leave you to believe that the lineup is missing a "Mac". A "regular" Mac, that's neither mini nor Pro.

    Mac mini
    [ ] <------- iMac or Mac?
    Mac Pro
    MacBook
    MacBook Pro

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    That being said, I totally agree with topgunn, that the confusion that it would create since they started branding the commercials with " Mac".
     
  7. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Oh, I see. Well on to next Tuesday then.
     
  8. mattcube64 macrumors 65816

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    I always hated the name of the PlayStation 2.

    "I've got a Playstation."
    "I have a Playstation, too."
    "Wow! Really? Can I play it?"
    "I guess, but it won't be much different than yours."
    "Why do you say that? I have a Playstation, you've got a Playstation2!"
     
  9. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    very funny :) haha That's also on of the reasons why I hated newer versions that just add a 2 (playstation 2, call of duty 2, home alone 2, etc)
     
  10. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    What if its called the MacBook Pro II, the iMac II..... lol

    It might be your worst nightmare!

    Cheers
     
  11. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    I agree that there will never be a computer named Mac, and disagree that the lineup is left "wide open" for such a computer. Mac represents the umbrella that holds all of Apple's computers, and therefore cannot represent just one.
     
  12. FullmetalZ26 macrumors regular

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    While a machine simply called "the Mac" wouldn't necessarily make much sense, having a midrange tower machine in the lineup would be really nice. The iMac is all well and good for the 'decent all-around four year throwaway' type of machine, and the Dual-core mini is a capable machine, but I don't want to pay for an LCD that will be useless to me in 4 years, and expansion for the mini is a joke. I have a G4 mini right now, and I've done all that I can to it short of upgrading the hard drive. That's right, I maxed out the memory. And it's a great machine, but I'd rather be stuffing a mid-tower with hard drives instead of adding firewire enclosure after firewire enclosure to my desk. Just one extra model, Apple, please. Maybe a 2/3rds scale Mac Pro case with just one processor, one optical drive, less base configured memory, and a decent, but not expensive, integrated but dedicated graphics card. It doesn't even have to be a Core 2 Duo, provided the processor's not soldered and I can upgrade it myself. Then build it to around $1200-1600, depending on the configuration. That's all I ask.
     
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  14. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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    ...are you serious?
     
  15. macaddicted macrumors regular

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    Actually I don't think there has ever been a "Mac", and AFAIK the only "Macintosh" was the original 128K.
     
  16. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    I think if they were to do this it would probably end up with a fairly uninspiring name like "Mac Standard" or something. I think we're safe, though, because as much as we want it, Apple doesn't seem to want to give us a machine like that. :(

    On an unrelated note, my first car was a 1991 Toyota Truck. And yes, 'truck' was the actual model name - they didn't have a special name for it like "Tacoma" or anything. The naming department was really on the ball when they rolled that bad boy out. :rolleyes:
     
  17. someguy macrumors 68020

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    I'm confused. When the hell did anyone (from Apple) say that there would be a Mac named "Mac" released?
     
  18. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    By that logic Apple will also have to release a software program called just "Logic" and just "FinalCut" Since they have an Express and Pro version. I realized there is Garageband and iMovie...but the names aren't the same so they must release a new app with the name to keep consistent!!

    I do agree that there is room for a mid range headless Mac but the product line itself suggests that not the naming convention.
     
  19. JAT macrumors 603

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    This is a user forum on a rumor site. Not all discussions stem from Apple employee commentary.
     
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    I'm leaning towards "Mac Regular" myself... :D
     
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  22. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Mac Plus sounds good to me, or maybe the gMac (for games)?
     
  23. SteveRichardson macrumors regular

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    hahaha for games


    that's classic. v. v. v. funny.
     
  24. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Can you imagine the insults for that...

    "I've got a new gMac."
    "Haha, you're gay you bought a gayMac."
    *:rolleyes:*

    But yes, I like the idea of a small tower, although I see it killing Mac Pro sales.

    I think that if they made the Mini a bit bigger, they could put a 1.86 GHz Conroe in (which is cheaper than a Core Solo, with much better performance), a 3.5" Hard Drive (more storage for less money) and a GMA X3000, then added a single Woodcrest option to the Mac Pro, it would eliminate the need for a mid-range Mac.
     
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