Wired Article on Apple Desktop Upgrades

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MuDPHuDStudent, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. MuDPHuDStudent macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hanover, NH
    Anyone have any opinions on this? I just purchased my first mac (a macbook 2.4) and I'd love to buy a mini, but I can't justify it until it gets an upgrade. Here's to hoping that the sources in this article are wrong, since 2010 is little too far away for an upgrade for my taste....
  2. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    It's just more WAG. No one knows what Apple's going to do (not even Apple :p ).
  4. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    By then Apple might as well not bother with the Mac Mini.
  5. Vinniefish macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
    I'll say the same thing I said in the other similar thread to this.

    That article is such a load of crap, the way you get out of a recession to innovate your way out. Also if apple refused to follow analysts advice on macbook pricing why would they follow their advice on when to release new products. Sometimes it seems to me that analysts just spout out anything hoping to be right. I guess that means Snow Leopard is moved to 2010 and no new iPhone this year. What a load of crap!
  6. frimple macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Sounds about right and sadly I don't think it will garner any support on a rumors site. Just look at the mac pro. There's a whole lot of commotion about getting an update in June, but the entire gainstown thread is populated by enthusiasts... and enthusiasts don't translate into sales for apple (just look at the specs of gaming enthusiasts rigs on their forums).

    I think apple knows when to push people for more money, in my opinion the mini and iMac's next update will be the new mobile quad processors.... the next mac pro update will be later this year (towards christmas).

    I'd love to see it earlier, I just think that no one (or at least the volume of people needed to make it profitable) is really chomping at the bits to get a performance boost right now. Quite honestly (when it comes to the mac pro), dual quad 2.8's should be enough for most power users for at least another year or so. And no target iMac or Mac Mini users (think your mom) are really throwing a fit because their computers are behind the curve. I know at work (database modeling, administration) I make due with a single quad (2.4 I think?) now
  7. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    Yeah, right now it is sounding like not many people are buying them at all. They will probably just discontinue them since it has been so long and they have done nothing even mentioning the Mini.
  8. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Could I interest you in a prepackaged mortages/derivatives package I've been working on? Almost 0 risk!
  9. azdunerat macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    While I was at the apple store last weekend buying my mini I watched two or three people leave the store with them. The salesman said that they sold almost as many mini's as apple TV's.

    I guess my point is that the mini fits a great market and a nitch market at the same time. Home theater and desktop. Now if apple is smart their new upgrade to the mini will allow it to dominate the home theater integration market.

    In the next two years you will no longer be able to buy CRT based home theater tv's leaving only DLP,LCD,PLasma and their derivitives. These are perfect for hooking up HTPC's to and maximizing your experiance. An upgraded mini can replace an entire slew of products.

    DVD Burner-1-300.00
    CD Player-50-200
    HD DVD Player 2-500

    Now if you go higher end on those numbers you come out spending about 800-1200. Now imagine the add where you see a AV Rack full of equipment blinking lights and cable management cluster screw, then you see an av rack with a lone mini sitting in it. All that and you save money. That is how you sell product during a recesion. Its all about percieved value. If they upgrade the mini and keep its price point stable throw some marketing dollars into it they will have a killer product that will sell very well.
  10. teombe macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
    Uhhh.. He's right. That isn't the prescription for the economy at large, but I've worked at enough large tech companies to know that innovating through a downturn works everytime it's tried. I don't think anyone can argue against innovating for the purposes of increasing market share during a downturn. If so, let me know.
  11. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    If no one's buying them, why are they always a top seller on Amazon and the refurb Minis usually disappear within a day from the Apple Store?
  12. azdunerat macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    I think the people the knock the mini the most are either people who dont own one or people who are from the school of fidding and customizing everything on thier systems.

    I used to be a pc guy who never bought off the shelf systems and loved to fiddle with a piece by piece system. I would spend hours figuring out hardware conflicts and why something refused to post. In the end I would pull incremental increases in performance. Well now in my life I could give a chit about benchmarks and all I really want is something that is stable, easy and fun. That is why I bought a mini, it was perfect for me. Granted I had it two days before I opened her up and dropped in 4gigs of ram but that was the only spec I found that was unacceptable.

    Apple isnt stupid and while everyone says the tower is dead to consumers I think the giant box might be on its way out but the little box is just comming into its own.
  13. Vinniefish macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
    I do not know how this pertains to my argument. Are you saying that because I am suggesting that the way out of a recession is to innovate that somehow it is related to the current financial state.
  14. Migsy macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
    London, UK
    Er, that article was written by Brian Chen. He is consistantly WRONG about any and all predictions relating to Apple. Last article I read from him was about how the mac mini was to be released at January's Macworld ...
  15. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Economy isn't going to be fixes in few months, it takes years. Apple doesn't care about it. New iMacs comes in Q1, that's almost sure
  16. JGuez macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2008
    So pretty much he's saying since desktops saw a 25% decrease in sales last year, they'd rather see a 100% decrease in desktop sales this year by not releasing any?


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