If no headless iMac at MacWorld....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacVault, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    If Steve fails to announce a cheap headless Mac tower I am going to do this with any Apple products I have, including a new MacBook, and then switch to Windows XP.

    This biggest drawback to Mac OS X is the lack of a "second source" for hardware. This allows Apple to set their high prices and to dictate to the user that they must survive with the limited hardware options that make sense to Apple's business model.

    I've had enough of this CRAP :mad: My shredding machine is already warming up!
  2. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    I'm sure that's exactly what you are going to do.
  3. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    Your money, we'll be shocked if you go through with it, but I doubt anyone will really care.
  4. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Wow, that seems to be a bit extreme wouldn't you say? I feel your pain, I too would love a headless iMac or small tower that I can upgrade myself... but I don't think destroying your equipment is going to make any difference in Apple's decisions. Perhaps donating them to some needy child or organization might bring you more satisfaction than simply destroying them? As for switching to XP, I won't be going back there. I use it for a few games I have but I left that world 2 yrs ago. Best of luck with whatever you buy.
  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Why don't you just put XP on your MacBook?

    Destroying your computer (which I very much doubt you will do) will not hurt Apple in the slightest, they have already had your money.
  6. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    6 years a member of MR, so probably longer than that actually being a Mac user. and NOW you have a tantrum?
  7. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    i'm quitely confident that the mac mini will not be discontinued, but rather bumped up - what possible reason could apple have for EOL'ing it?

    would a bumped Mac Mini (2.33GHz Core2, 2GB RAM, dedicated mobile graphics) do it for you??
  8. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    The Mac mini hasn't been EOL'd yet :confused:
  9. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I do not get statements like this one here. If you go and spec out a Dell/Gateway/HP/Whatever with equivalent hardware/software to an iMac 20" or 24". I highly doubt that the price will be off by much at all. Matter of fact probably more money i.e. "XPS 1, Gateway One" for inferior hardware and software. Now remember "equivalent" hardware, I am not talking about ECS mobo's and low/mid range AMD chips. I am talking latest Intel Mobo's with latest Intel chips and Nvidia/ATI video, and 20/24" high end monitors. I know allot of people in here cry and moan about these displays on the iMac's, but I still have yet to see a 24" display that is as sharp and bright as the one on my 24" iMac, and remember the keyword again "equivalent".
  10. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    I really doubt they'll be releasing such a thing, at least not this time... it all seems likely to be dedicated to the new notebook.

    So... care to pass that equipment on to me, and I'll shred it for you :D
  11. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    I agree - a headless tower isn't coming this time round, but i see no reason wh y the mac mini can't be upgraded to a more powerful machine. With RAM so cheap 2GB standard, 4GB max isn't unreasonable, and the new Merom chips are just dying to be used in something like this. Pop in a 200GB 5400rpm drive and most people will be happy.

    I'd be especially happy if there was the option for a 7200 rpm drive and dedicated mobile graphics chips.

    There doesn't need to be any great fanfare over these improvements. I expect the keynote will run as follows

    total: 1:20hours

    10mins: intro/sales figures
    30mins: iTunes 8/movie rentals
    10mins: MBP/MacMini improvements
    30mins: Slim laptop thing
  12. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Here is a idea for you...
    Sell your macs and take the money build a killer tower and but OS X on it!
    I too wish there was something between the tower and the imac. A imac that used non laptop components.
  13. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    While what you say is true, no-one has a gun to your head. If you don't like the prices, don't buy Apple products. Get a better priced alternative from Dell.

    I see no problem in paying a premium price for a premium product. Apple knows this and prices accordingly. While a MacBook/iMac costs more than a Windows equivalent, it's a much better user experience than Vista. That's worth something, no? By the same reasoning, BMW/Mercedes cost more than Toyota/Nissan. To BMW purchasers, the price premium is worth it even though transportation can be bought for much less money.
  14. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Stop being a whiny sensationalist. You're not shredding anything and we all know it.

    So if you don't get a new mac to your liking, you'll shred your old ones? How does the existence or lack thereof of a "headless imac" change whether or not you like your macbook?
  15. a456 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2005
    Sounds like more of a threat than a promise - I will wait to see your video evidence because my bet is that there is a .001 % chance that such a machine will get released.
  16. MacSA macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    I need a new computer to replace my Windows PC.. can you send your MacBook to me instead of destroying it? ;);)
  17. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    well DUH! Some people need to understand this: APPLE IS NOT OUR FRIEND. It is a business, just like any other and wants to make as much money as it can. And one of the ways it does this is as you described as above. It doesnt NEED to offer education discounts, it has every right to take them away, it doesnt NEED to make anything if it doesnt make sense financially.

    Yes, this does annoy a lot of people, including myself, but how many people would like it if competition laws forced apple to make OS X work on ALL pc's...like dell's and toshiba's. Im telling you now, a lot of people would complain about that too (not including apple exec's)
  18. gazfocus macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    I'd disagree with this entirely.

    Mac's actually aren't any more expensive than the PC equivelant. Ok, while PC equivelants generally some with larger screens, for the price of the 2GHz Macbook, you'll only get something like a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo PC Laptop.

    I also recently compared prices of a Dell system in comparison to the iMac's and the iMac was about £50 ($100) CHEAPER than the dell system with the same specs.

    You need to factor in all the extras you get with a Mac (such as the Front Row Remote which costs about an extra £20($40) for a pc equivelant), you get WiFi, and Bluetooth built in, you get high quality software preinstalled such as iLife 08 at no extra cost.

    Also, with a windows PC, you have to invest in anti virus, anti spyware, and firewall software (if you opt for the free stuff, you still have to invest time in finding a suitable solution).

    All in all, I believe Mac's are great value, and they really do 'Work straight out of the box'. When I built my PC a year ago, I paid £1400 ($2800) for it. If I'd known then what I know and love about Mac's now, I probably would have gone for the iMac or the Mac Pro....I am incidentally replacing my PC with a Mac desktop when the new revisions to the iMac's come (then I will compare both the iMac and the Mac Pro).
  19. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    If we're talking value, I agree. Macs are much better value. If we're talking cash, then you just can't get a Mac for the same price as a Vista box.

    I just went through this when I tried to convince my sister-in-law to get a MacBook. She's a single mom without a steady income. She was able to buy a C2D Gateway laptop with 1gb ram, DVD burner, 250gb HD for $599. The lowest 'new' MacBook costs considerably more for lower hardware specs.

    I tried hard to sell the value proposition, but to her the premium still represented several hundred dollars that she doesn't have. Plus, she would still be able to run her existing software.

    Fact is, Macs cost more. I wish they didn't, but they do.
  20. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    do you want to donate your macbook to me instead of destroying it?
  21. mr.light macrumors 6502

    See ya! it's been real! But hey, I'll take your computer if you really don't want it. What if I promise to say mean things to it from time to time? :D
  22. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    So you will destroy thousands of dollars worth of computers because you cannot spend your money for more :confused: Do you mind videoing it for us so we can see.
  23. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    So long!
    (I'd prefer if you just left regardless)
  24. gorby macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
  25. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I won't be shocked if they/he/she does it. In fact if they/he/she/it feels that strongly about it, I'll turn the machine on for them and sing "sha-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey hey hey, good bye!"

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