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Comment Re:1 word. Niche application (Score 1) 596

I'm not going to get into a price comparison, but Apple does offer the i5 and i7 in the iMac line currently.

http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html

# 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, one of the following:

        * 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache

        * 3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache

# 27-inch models only, one of the following:

        * 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.2GHz
        * 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.46GHz; Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores

Comment Re:That's fine but... (Score 1) 858

Please feel free to reread my post. I did not say that Apple is catering to the lowest common denominator, I said that Apple has chosen non-upgradeable computers as their lowest common denominator.

I also don't know where you get the idea that Apple is selling a $2200 laptop as the best fit for most consumers. Apple's best sellers from my perspective (retail Apple salesperson in 1/2 million strong metropolitan area) are the $999/$1299 MacBook. The 1st two MacBook options easily outsell the more expensive models 5 to 1.

Could Apple sell more computers if they offered a wider variety of options? Absolutely. But one of the great things from our store's perspective about the limited options available is the fact that we can keep every combination of processor and video card in stock and change the RAM and HHD to the customer's specifications. It allows us to send >90% of our purchasing customers out the door with their computer in hand.

Comment Re:That's fine but... (Score 5, Informative) 858

Why can't they offer the equivalent hardware of an iMac in the shell of a Mac Pro and meet the halfway point in terms of price? That would be the sweet spot for me.

Because Apple stopped catering to people who upgrade their computers a long time ago. The vast majority of consumers never upgrade a single component in their computer, and that's the lowest common denominator that Apple is appealing to. This means they can save cost and increase margin in a very competitive market.

I'm sure I'll come across as a Mac apologist, but it's the god's honest truth. I would love a mid/low powered expandable desktop, but it isn't going to happen anytime soon.

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