why is apple so cheap these days?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by OSXRANDOMANIMAL, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    my macbook didn't even come with a remote. you have to pay an extra 20 bucks for it now.

    heck i remember when i got my original iPod Photo it came with all the AV cables too. 20 bucks isn't really a big deal i just think it should come when you spend 1300 on a laptop.
     
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    NT1440

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    Actually, its been years since a laptop shipped with a remote...
     
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    JamesGorman

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    has it been years? i thought the previous generation macbooks shipped with one? IMO, i wouldnt have minded one, but i dont find myself really needing it.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I just downloaded a program for my Iphone that allowed me to use it as the remote control. I have a remote for the mini, but love being able to control everything with my phone. Pluse it was only .99 cents
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    There is some sort of global recession going on.
     
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    Jpoon

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    Way to talk about something completely different there hehe.

    My refurbished MacBook came with a remote in a Brown Apple Box :D.
     
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    NT1440

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    Which has nothing to do with this.
     
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    Jpoon

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    Some companies still seem to be doing fine despite the global recession. Heck, go look at what Amazon did this past holiday season. It's freaking insane.
     
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    sporadicMotion

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    Meh, they're cheap to buy anyways... but why include something when people will just buy it anyways.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    When i got the brand new MacBook when hey first came out the g1, i got a remote, but ever since then have not seen it. I think it may have to do with why the hell do you need a remote for a laptop, i know no one who will sit across a room with a remote watching a 13 inch screen when it can be on your lap. The iMacs come with them... well it makes sense... 20 inch screen that isn't that portable.

    Just my opinion i think they do not need remotes because it is pretty pointless.
     
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    California

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    Can I use the first Gen iphone was a remote I wonder? Might save me a few dollars as the mb aluminum needs one...
     
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    Moonlight

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    When Apple comes out with a new product, they usually sell it bare bones for a high price, then when they have updates to it, they lower the price, and/or add things like remote, a case, cables, etc.... Not always, but usually
     
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    sergiuria

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    My Macbook came with a remote, bought in February 08
     
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    VPrime

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    I was upset that when I upgraded my iPhone 2g for a 3G and it no longer came with a dock:confused:
     
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    Theaser

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    Part of the being affordable plan. Even my HP laptop bought 3 years ago came with a remote (900 bucks!), sucker :D. jk.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    If I recall correctly, the MacBook 3,1 -- November 2007 Santa Rosa chipset + Merom CPU, is the last generation that came with a bundled remote control; the next revision in February to the Penryn CPU dropped the remote control.
     
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    BlueRevolution

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    Most companies work like this. Apple does not. When Apple comes out with a new product, they usually sell it bare bones for a high price. The price does not change through subsequent revisions, and the only updates are to ensure that the product follows the current trend in bare-bones overpriced hardware.

    Trivialities like adding features are done on a whim. Price reductions never, ever happen.
     

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