Apple Updates

UPDATE – TG Daily also had the same feelings.

Every one that knows me, knows that I am far from being an Apple Fan Boy. I do own a Mac my primary listening device is a Touch, and even use iTunes even though it is the worst application ever created. It is not that I have a problem with using a Mac, cause I do like it though the way things are done do bug me since I have been using Windows for such a long time. The problem I have with Apple products in general is that they cost more than they need too.

For example the latest updates are a perfect example.

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$730 to $1249

$1399 to $2599

$2899 to $16,939*
No Monitor
No Raid
No Fibre Channel

$1149 to $2699

$2149 to $5049

$1999 to $2749*
Cannot be upgraded

*Only hardware options were added to each system.

Let’s start with the MacMini, I do own one of these but it is a first generation one that really just sits under my desk acting as a photo drive. But think about it $730 for a computer that does not come with a keyboard or mouse or monitor. For $730 you can get the Dell Mini Studio and that comes with a 20” monitor, keyboard mouse and has great connectivity versus the MacMini which only comes with USB and Firewire and that stupid Mini DisplayPort which requires and adapter to get it to work with anything. I have been saying for years that the MacMini is missing the boat. What it really should be is an All-In-One device that is a Computer plus, the Apple TV plus the Time Capsule plus the Airport. Think about you suddenly have a device that does it all and connects right into your Home Theatre. I know I would own one I would even pay $730 for it if it was all that.

iMac which really it a great computer and design but really a starting price of $1399 is way too much money especially when you think that the market for these is family computer.

Mac Pro okay I will never in my life buy one of these, if I am ever going to be doing anything requiring a Workstation I will design my own and run Windows. But a starting price of $2899 is almost $2000 more than it should be. But what is ridiculous is if you actually wanted to get the top of the line version with 2 Intel Quad Cores and 24GB of Ram and 4 TB of HDDs you reach an outstanding $16,939, I know I could easily configure this same spec system for half that.

MacBook, the MacBook is an entry level laptop designed for the mobile student or consumer level email device. But at a starting price of $1149 who are they kidding, the industry standard for entry level is around $700. Where it gets crazy is the fact that when upgraded to it full potential you are looking at an entry level computer costing $2699.

MacBook Pro, these are professional computers and in this case do come with a premium but at a starting price of $2149 it is already twice as much as the industry standards. I use a Dell XPS 1330 which yes is only 13” but is part of Dell’s premium line of computers and these sell for $999. What is crazy is that when you upgrade it the price comes to $5049 WOW. Now remember this is not with any software this is just system and OS.

The Air, KILL IT.

Jason Tapp’s Recommended Pricing for Apply Products

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$399

$999

$1099

$799

$1299

KILL

These prices reflect industry standard pricing plus the Apple Tax. If this was the starting price you could easily see Apple suddenly take 25-30% of the market. But what really needs to change is the cost of buying from Apple with upgrades. Ram and HDDs are notoriously double the cost than buying from other sources.

Now let the Apple Fanboys starting flaming.