Sub $1000 Apple Device?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Amidst the flurry and disbelief of the 20" iMac rumors on Monday... one small rumor slipped through without being addressed.

    The original ThinkSecret report contained a small blurb about a sub $1000 device:

    The blurb was since removed, presumably awaiting further details... but Appleinsider also posted information they had available about the 20" iMacs and Dual 1.8GHz PowerMac and also referenced a third "mystery" product priced at $749 USD.

    The identity of the 3rd product remains unknown, but speculation suggests the possibility of long-awaited Apple Display updates. No time-frame is available on the introduction of this next product.
  2. vwcruisn macrumors regular

    May 7, 2003
    Santa Monica, Ca
  3. Snowy_River macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Rather than a display with no computer update, I think I'll hope for a computer with no display in this price range. Headless consumer Mac...

    Cube anyone?
  4. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    At that price it'll be a G4. And I certainly don't object to that.

    For those who are looking to switch (upgrade :) ) to a mac, a $749 G4 cube would certainly fit the bill.

    Shoot, for that price I could probably even talk my parents into one. A nice, solid machine at a great price.

  5. el gringo macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2002

    Please! It would be the perfect entry model for lot's of switchers. And, if it's the Cube design - I'm going to get one myself :D

    But if it's a cube with say 1.25 Ghz G4, 2 ram-slots, 80 GB HD, FW400 + USB2 a price around 599-699 would be more appropriate - don't you thing :rolleyes:
  6. deep square leg macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2003
    A PDA perhaps? Newton II!

    (I have no idea what things cost in $US, I might be right off the mark.)
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Would be nice to see a desktop version of the Fibre Channel RAID using off-the-shelf SATA drives.
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I don't belief that this is about the displays because it should be three products then and not sub $1000. Don't think that only the 17" display is updated and the others not.

    Looking forward to a cube G4 1,25GHz.
  9. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    i would guess at this price perhaps a video ipod, i doubt very much this will be a computer and if it is i sure dont want see another g4.
  10. oingoboingo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Hmmm...$749. It's probably just a 256MB upgrade kit for the PowerBooks *boom tish!*
  11. Stike macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    It´s the second coming of the Newton
    *runs, dodges, rolls and hides*

    Well, looking at other rumors and thinking about the 20th anniversary of the Mac AND considering the possible return of the cube, I would say:
    it´s a 60 GB iPod :rolleyes:
  12. pkradd macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2001
    There's not going to be a cube. It was a failure, both techinically and sales wise. People didn't like it (except Mac fans). You don't go backwards, you go forwards. There is already an "entry level" computer from Apple, it's called an eMac. $749 is a guess.... a rumor. As this site has said, there's no specific information. Every time Apple comes out with some new product there are always rumors of "something else" that never happen. Remember the "tablet"? All the descriptions about size (7 X 9), pricing, etc.? Where art thou?
  13. aasmund macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2002
    That device is not possible, as there is no 60gb 1.8inch drive yet.
  14. aasmund macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2002
    It was a failure bot technically and sales wise. This is true. The main reason for this was very high price, and few features. However people loved it. at my office, the guy with the cube was always getting lots of attention for it - and he still does.
  15. aasmund macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2002
    Why not?

    the G4 is actually a pretty good archiecture. it is very comarable to Pentium M for example, which is enjoying huge success.
  16. Stike macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    Yes. Look at my statement again. Considering all those vague clues and rumors about that product, and the VERY small chance of another low-end Mac coming out, I can´t think of anything useful at the moment with that price point. So I made an impossible guess, just to say:

    I don´t have the slightest idea!
  17. ITR 81 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    New eMac or New iPod Video player.
    At $750 the price of an iPod Video Player would be same price as new Sony Video/MP3 player that is debuting in Japan next week.

    New lower priced eMac but with more features and faster processor.
  18. Squire macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2003
    I hope you're right but my money is on a 17" widescreen display. The normal 17" LCD is $699 so $749 is about right. I know that Samsung makes a 17" widescreen monitor. I bet that's it. (After all, the current model looks a little out of place next to the others.) I'm afraid that this is going to be another case of the Mac fans getting worked up over nothing.

    Let's hope I'm wrong.


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  19. bensisko macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    My Guess: The eBook. A laptop for education that contains no optical drive, and only an ethernet and firewire port. It will contain a 10 gig hard drive and a lower end G4 chip. The eBook will be light weight and smaller due to it's 10" screen. It will also be equipped with Airport Extreme, and feature a new program for Panther that, when plugged into a desktop Mac via Firewire, you can easily install programs remotely and transfer files. Ultra-portable.

    Hey, as long as we're all dreaming.....
  20. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    Headless iMac, eMac, minitower, cube...

    The name isn't important. If Apple comes through with a simple, minimally expandable headless, it will mean that they're actually listening to consumers. But history shows that Apple is more likely to do something that very few people want, but want loudly because of the "coolness" factor.

    A $749 iBox would send their stock through the roof...
  21. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    sounds a little pricey for a newton to me... maybe a headless g4. this is a pretty wierd price point for apple. nothing really in this range to compare it with
  22. drizahy4 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2002
    Come on New G4 Cube. I got my 1-click payment waiting for you.
  23. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Re: Sub $1000 Apple Device?

    If true this could signal that Apple is serious about trying to win back users from the PC world. I DO NOT care what anyone says. These sub $1000 PC's have eaten away at Apple's market share.
    If I can honestly go up to a person who is having trouble with their 4 year old computer who is looking for nothing other then the basics in a computer system and point them to a sub $1000 Mac I'll be a happy person. Because until now I could not, in good conscience, point a users to a $1,300 computer when they can get something comp equipped in a PC for $500 cheaper. Here's hoping its true and it happens soon,
  24. ITR 81 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
  25. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    Only if they want a bulky, 50 lb., 1 piece marshmallow with a built-in CRT. Most people have their own working monitor that they're happy with and have no interest in this type of machine.

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