Are we on the last generation of Macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thagomizer, Jan 16, 2007.

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Is Apple going to stop making Macs?

Poll closed Feb 15, 2007.
  1. No... what a stupid idea

    234 vote(s)
    90.7%
  2. They'll still make Macs, but OS X on all Intel machines is the real story

    13 vote(s)
    5.0%
  3. Yes... we are, or soon will be, on the last generation of Macs

    11 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Look at the Apple.com site. There are top-level tabs for "Apple", "Store", "iPhone", "iPod+iTunes", "QuickTime", "Support" "OS X". No mention of Mac hardware at all. "Get a Mac" is buried somewhere below.

    Now look at SJobs's recent comments at MacWorld. "Apple Computer, Inc" becomes "Apple, Inc". "That's all we're going to say about Macs today".

    He made another comment about upcoming products. Did he specifically say that we would see more Macs in the next few months, or more "Mac products" in the next few months?

    There's still no Conroe-based Mac... unarguably Intel's best performing chip. No use of the quad-core Xeon, either.

    What I'm getting at is, is Apple preparing to stop selling computers? The OS transition to Intel is complete, so Apple could open up OS X to *all* Intel PCs anytime they want to, and go head to head with Microsoft.

    Are we on the last generation of Macs?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    In a word, no. Computers are what started Apple and they still make a significant amount of money from them, why would they stop?
     
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    But there was no mention of Mac's before :confused: as you can see in this comparison of the UK and US apple links.

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  4. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    It's not often that a company releases a product like the iPhone, or even the Apple TV for that matter. I don't think the lack of Mac computer news is anything to be "concerned" about, I just feel that Apple wanted to concentrate on the big announcement(s).
     
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    You don't count "Mac OS X"? Or the Apple itself?

    Apple has to continue making (or selling) computers. It can't offer just the OS at a profitable price, nor could it guarantee that the OS would work on a PC box off the shelf.
     
  6. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, as long as I can remember, the Mac has never had a tab, aside from Switch a few years back.
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    No, they don't want it to work on PC boxes.
     
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I suppose, but they aren't really want the original poster is getting at, there is no Mac tab, though TBH they could put it in place of the joke that is .Mac :rolleyes:.
     
  9. djkny macrumors 6502

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    Because computers aren't where the money's at, it's the OS. As soon as SJ decides to license OS X, X1, etc. to the PC's of the world, he will overtake Gates, as the world's richest man, Apple will dump the computer business, and we'll be ebaying our powerbooks for pleasure.
     
  10. thagomizer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Granted, there's a lot of work to be done in order to have mass-market PC compatibility... all those vdrivers to write and applications to test. There's no indication that Apple has been secretly doing this.

    But... isn't it curious how much the Mac itself is downplayed on Apple's own web site? There is no photo or direct link to any currently shipping computer model on the front page. Not even a tab.
     
  11. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    For all we know it could be the end of the Macintosh and the start of a all new line or even brand under the apple label.
     
  12. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Apple still make a lot of money on Mac sales.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That could certainly happen, but I don't see them getting out of the hardware market or letting their software run on other people's hardware. Not unless there's a massive change in the design principles of the Windows world.
     
  14. bartelby macrumors Core

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    But as Apple Hardware is and always will be the only hardware to run Mac OS. They'll keep producing them.
     
  15. Antares macrumors 68000

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    The front page has always been reserved for the newest products or what's currently "hot"....now being the iPhone and AppleTV. When new models of a compy are introduced, you bet they'll get that coveted front page slot.
     
  16. psychofreak Retired

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    Design principles, what design principles?:D
     
  17. macmike47 macrumors regular

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    Greenpeace would go mad at the rainforest damage caused by hate-mail to Steve if they stopped making computers :D
     
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Well, they seem to have transitioned from, "Put a logo on the front. People love logos. They generate buzz," to "Flashing blue lights. Tons of them. Light up the undercarriage. If it works for that kid who hangs out at the gas station off exit 57, then it'll work for our tower cases too." :D
     
  19. Butthead macrumors 6502

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    NO. Not anytime soon, if ever. Who can say, far into the future, if even there will be an Apple.

    No way Apple will open up OSX, not while Steve-O is alive. And even if they did, it would take decades to make inroads on M$, there's not enough of a difference to make the majority already used to using M$ products switch anytime soon. It's not going to happen...rookie mistake on your part ;).

    Apple choose to not use Conroe for the iMac because it was too hot. One can argue about the lack of use in the Mac Pro's but that's a more involved issue, where there are/will be possitives from not using Conroe in that area also. New Merom/Santa Rosa based laptops are in the pipeline, just won't happen until later. Same with newer Intel chips, Apple can only use them when they become available.
     
  20. Camui macrumors member

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    I doubt they'll stop making hardware anytime soon. I would be very surprised if they did.
     
  21. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    The newest plan to take over M$...

    "The Empire"

    (theres an Apple species named Empire,as there is MacIntosh. Just thought it would br ironic to be overtaking the "empire" that is M$)

    And for our older but still loyal customers...

    "the Granny Smith" (a Mac Classic running OS X, colored green)
     
  22. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    I'd second that suggestion. Just remove the period.
     
  23. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    You are reading into this waaaaay too much.

    SJ has been waiting to show the iPhone for over two and a half years. He said Macs are going to be big in 2007, but that's all he would say about macs at MacWorld. This doesn't mean that the computer line is doomed.
     
  24. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I agree with this one. I think this whole thread is a little silly. Of course Apple isn't going to stop making computers - duh. :confused: They've changed their name to Apple Inc because now computers aren't ALL they make - not because they're not making computers at all.
     
  25. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    Can't see this happening! I agree that the name has been changed because they are now about more than the Mac's. It doesn't mean they're going to stop making them!
     

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