January 11, 2005
Dawn of a new Apple
So Steve Jobs has finished the big keynote at Macworld '05, and the Apple website has been updated with the new products he announced. If you haven't been following along, feel free to go take a look.
Wow. This is the beginning of a whole new era for Apple. No longer do I have to grit my teeth and say, "Well, you could buy a white-box PC," when somebody says they only want to spend $500 on their new computer.
This is beginning to smell like a no-excuses Apple. We only have five percent of the market? What the hell are we going to do about it? Asked and answered. We're dominating the hard drive music player market, but people are still buying smaller and cheaper flash players? What the hell are we going to do about it? Asked and answered.
It's great to see Apple leveraging their superior product design skills to bring out some low-end products. As of today, you can actually take home a useful piece of Apple hardware for $99. The iPod shuffle looks like exactly what I was talking about in December, the iPod cheapy tiny sport. My only problem is that it doesn't have FireWire support, so it would/will be very slow with Sophie's TiBook (which is still USB 1.1, of course).
As for the Mac mini, that's every bit as nice as the G4 iMac I'm writing this on, for $599. The $499 model will probably do very nicely as the replacement for my home web server, and somebody on my tech team pointed out almost immediately that the new mini is essentially the same size as the mini PC we're planning to deploy to field locations where space is tight.
I expect both of these new products to sell like crazy.
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I think AAPL stock will get a bump from this and it will be interesting to see how many of these little gems sell. I'm still reeling over the Mini weighing less than my iBook (sans power supply, I realize).
Posted by: paul at Jan 12, 2005 12:48:30 AM
im pretty sure you can get usb2.0/firewire converter/adapter cables pretty cheaply. that would let sophie use a shuffle on her tibook, via firewire (i think). hth.
Posted by: mungler at Mar 8, 2005 11:27:42 AM