Bring Back the Cube

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Durandal7, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    Apple should bring back the Cube. With the Powermac G5s starting at $1999 and the the iMacs having a fixed monitor there is a definite gap in the lineup. The solution? Reintroduce the G4 Cube with a price point between $1,000 and $2,000. It is obvious that it will be years until we see G5s in the iMac and for the forseeable future the Powermac G5s will remain premium computers.

    Bringing in the G4 Cube with 1Ghz and 1.25Ghz processors would fill a gap in Apple's lineup. Many people don't want an iMac because of the utter lack of expandibility and the fixed monitor. Others don't want to spend $1999-$2999 for a tower. The Cube is actually in a position where it could suceed as a mid-range model due to Apple's current pricing scheme.

    Just a thought...
  2. macphoria macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    I think they should keep their lineup as is and focus on continuously improving them instead of introducing something else. Even though Cube was a good machine, it couldn't find a market and there is no guarantee it will find a market now.
  3. photohead macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Pasadena, CA
    I think Durandal7 is right!!! Bring the cube back! it will fill the pricing gap that is lacking in the current line up...think about it....on the next revision cube on the low end powermac single processors in the middle and hopefully like a dual 3.0 to top it off. How sweet would that be!! we can only hope....bring back the cube with firewire 800 and airport extreme, bluetooth, and I would be a happy camper! Lets all hold hands and pray!

  4. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    Did they stop selling the old powermacs? I thought they would keep those around to fill that spot
  5. AnotherMortal macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003
    Bring back the collector's item!

    Perhaps you are all like me, and want a chance to get their hands on this collectors item that still sells for over a grand on eBay.
  6. Sayhey macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2003
    San Francisco
    how about a new version of the cube in the low end range? Apple needs a good entry into the $500 - $600 dollar range sans monitor. An adaption of the cube seems ideal for this.
  7. AnotherMortal macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003
    modded iMac?

    I've often wondered what an iMac would be like without the flatpanel attached. This could easily be the same form-factor as the Cube....Just a thought
  8. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2002
    This is why you can buy a single 1.25 G4 tower with OS 9 booting for 1299. If you did it in the shape of the Cube, it would just add to the price.
  9. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    They do, check near the software section at the Apple store, starting at $1299 I think, if a Cube were reintroduced it would either have to match that price with better specs, or be cheaper than the towers, starting at $999 or so....
  10. AnotherMortal macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003
    Just add to the price

    Yeah, shaping a computer like a cube, or like say, a lampshade does add to the price a bit, doesn't it?
  11. tazo macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
    They didn't. THe G4 powermac is the modern day cube in apple's lineup. affordable now, between the imac and g5 in terms of speed, and expandability. If apple introduces a new cube it would be extremely popular, but just cause G4 tower sales to disintegrate.

  12. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    Not likely, I hate to be the negative but think about it.

    Apple took away the cube 'cause only Mac dedicated would be a cube and a monitor seperately for that price.

    It would hurt Apple's reputation to bring something back that it took away because it was selling badly.

    They'd have to rename it and re-design it to a rectangle or a sphere :D
  13. Marble macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2003
    Tucson, AZ
    I want a little apple-shaped computer that I can cleverly hide in a basket of fake fruit.
  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    C'mon folks. If the Cube was a great idea, they wouldn't have taken it away from us. Its probably not as great an idea as we all think it is. ;)

    It's very purdy. :p
  15. bystem macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2003
    The Cube is one of my favourite Macs. I would like to see it as an entry level machine. It doesn't require an AGP slot, integrated graphics would be fine (plus lowering costs). However, such price/performance would make the Cube a consumer machine and the all-in-one design is possibly better. The all-in-one simplifies the decision making process for the customer.
  16. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    not a cube, but a computer following in its footsteps

    I don't think it should be a cube, but more of a small set-top box (perferably around the size of an external firewire hard drive (not the mini ones, but a full size one). It would not have a hard drive or any optical drive. What it would have is AirPort Extreme, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 Firewire Ports (perhaps 1 or 2 Firewire 800), 6 USB 2.0 ports, built in graphics with ADC and S-Video port, SPDIF in and out. For processing power it would have either a low power G4, or underclocked G5, so that no fan is needed.

    This would be great for a set top box to watch video, surf internet, photo slide shows, mp3 jukebox... maybe it would have a co-ax in so it could also record TV? Or for a situation where the people just want a quiet but powerful computer.

    The computer could use the gig-e or AE to netboot, or you could plug in a firewire hard drive.

    This would enable it to be fairly cheep, and let the end user decide exactly what they want for their system. If they want to buy a firewire superdrive, they can; if they only want a firewire cd-rw they can get that. Then they won't have to speend money on something they don't need.

    Price it between $300-$500, and offer a bluetooth keyboard/mouse and remote control for $70 and you've got a nice little system.
  17. the future macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2002
    The G4 towers Apple still sells are not meant to cover some price spot between the G5 and the iMac but to cover the segment of the market that needs/wants a machine that's OS 9 bootable.

    A new, still fan-less, not overpriced, single G5 cpu cube would sell fantastically IMO. I would buy one immediately.
  18. vollspacken macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2002
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
    if a 1+ Ghz G4/G3 Gobi iCube was priced at $500,-, it would sell like hotcake!!!

    ...I want one!
  19. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    The only reason it did not find its market was that it was the most expensive of Apples computers, will having less expanability than the PMs. A cube that costs less than the G5s would be a good thing. It could be like the shuttle cases in the PC world. It could have:

    1 AGP 8x slot (non pro) with min Geforce FX5200
    2 PCI-X slots
    2 DDR333 RAM slots with min 256MB
    Choice of Superdrive or DVD/CD-RW
    The new 1.3Ghz IBM G3 with altivec
    60GB Hard Disk

    All for around $1000 without a monitor. If Apple uses the new G3 with 200Mhz bus then there should be no reason why it can't be this cheap.

    Edit: actuall the $700 would be a much better and more realistic price.
  20. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    Clever idea. Call me.

    S. Jobs
    1 Infinite Loop
    Cupertino, CA 95014
  21. AnotherMortal macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003

    Good idea hvfsl, but the mhz myth and the stigma of a G3 processor would hurt it. It would need to be a G4, or a low-power G5. I mean, *we* know the difference and the performance ratings, but the average buyer doesn't. They see:

    G3 --old, for laptops
    G4 -- iMac and lowend Powermac.
    G5--- the processor your friends drool over.

    At least, that's what I've experienced where I work. (and these are mac users are doctors and researchers)
  22. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    What Apple needs is a $500 computer to compete with lowend dells and the such.

    My thoughts would be more along the lines of

    PC133 RAM
    G3 900MHz
    30Gig ATA66 HD
    Geforce2 or Raedon 7500
    Airport slot

    Maybe making the G3 a little slower $500 isn't too little. It'd be the perfect old person computer! Think of the commercials now!
  23. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2002
    I take it that you don't know that Apple's executive HQ is off-site, no? It's about two blocks or so away.
  24. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    Hmm...Yes, I can see how it would have been MUCH funnier if I had posted the correct address.

    Technically speaking, Steve Jobs doesn't sign his emails as "S. Jobs" either. And he also would have posted his direct phone number or a return email address.

    I'll remember all those intimate details next time, so as to make sure the punchline of the joke makes perfect sense to everyone, including those lacking a sense of humor.

    Thanks for the input.
  25. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    As someone who owned a cube, its not that great. Its just not... flame on. Cool design yes, quiet yes... effective no. *shrug* A lot of that might have to do with the system I had NOT having a CDR... but I found myself swapping harddrives in it a lot... I'm a fan of the engineering, but not the usage.

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