Forrester analyst gets a lot wrong in analysis of new Apple iMac G5

“With its new iMac G5, Apple Computer has once again come up with a unique package of design, power and ease of use. But will it be enough? No. Apple has missed the opportunity to stay way ahead of its PC manufacturing competitors by not including Wi-Fi as standard and by failing to catch the early-adopter personal video recorder wave by including a TV tuner card,” Paul Jackson, senior analyst for Forrester Research, writes for CNET. “Better still would have been a software option to turn this machine into a full Wi-Fi access point: Intel’s Grantsdale chipset already promises this functionality for PC owners. The lack of this connectivity means that Apple has missed an opportunity to build on its AirPort Express foundations and rule the roost in bottom-up networking.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you want Airport, you can easily add it. Why make everyone pay for it on a desktop unit, when everyone won’t use it? Ditto for Jackson’s TV tuner gripe. As for turning your iMac (or any Mac with an Airport Card) into a Wi-Fi access point, Jackson is wrong, it’s already included by Apple:

Sharing your Internet connection with other computers using AirPort: If you have an AirPort Card installed in your computer and you are connected to the Internet, you can share your Internet connection with other computers.
1. Open System Preferences, click Sharing, and click Internet.
2. Select how you would like to share your Internet connection, then click Start.

If you select “Share your Internet connection with AirPort-equipped computers,” click AirPort Options to give your network a name and password.

If you are sharing your Internet connection with Windows or other wireless clients that require an equivalent network password, you can use an ASCII (quoted) or hexadecimal (hex-escaped) password. For example, you can specify “apple” or “applecomputer” as an ASCII password, and $0102030405 or $010203… (26 hexadecimal digits) as a hexadecimal password.

You can share your Internet connection as long as your computer is connected to the Internet. If your computer goes to sleep or is restarted, or if you lose your Internet connection, you need to restart Internet sharing.


  1. As for the TV tuner card, I suppose he’s suggesting an analog one — which would be the LAST thing that an “early-adopter personal video recorder wave” would want. For one thing, cable TV is going largely digital, and satellite is already there — or does Forrester Research think that the early high-tech adopters are getting their TV transmissions with an antenna on the roof…? (They may indeed have an antenna for HD signals, which wouldn’t matter much to a standard NTSC tuner card.) TV transmission standards are in flux right now, with proposed CaleCARD technology on the bleeding edge, and cable providers starting to outmaneuver TiVo and supply their own (HD-compatible) PVRs.

    As for myself, I think Apple really missed the boat by not including a telegraph transmitter. Can I get paid to be an analyst now…?

  2. I can’t believe there is no coffee maker as a standard. I planned to have it in the kitchen and use it as database for all my recipes.

    Apple blew it big time.

    No coffee? No Juice? No iMac.

  3. Senior Analyst at Forrester. Sounds like Senior Analyst at Forrest… Gump Consulting.

    Hey Forrester Research, a friend doctor works with idiots (pathological sense). Could I recommend one as Senior Vice President with you? Looks like he has more than minimum qualifications for the job.

  4. This Forrester Research analyst fails to consider the half terabyte to 1 terabyte HD requirements of a DVR/personal computer combination. Not to mention the additional cost of an appropriate amount of RAM. Doesn’t one hour of video equate to approximately 13 GB of data? Most people want to watch TV on a big TV. Plus, who’s gonna sit 6-7 feet away from their computer? I suppose Apple should have allowed for another inch in depth to accomodate a FM/TV/HDTV tuner card.

  5. Okay:

    1.) WIFI is not hard to add to a Mac.

    2.) I don’t know many people who use a TV tuner card from their computer for content. These use this called a TIVO. DUH!!!

    3.) The reaction I got: WHOA!!!

    This from a friend who works for IBM when seeing it.

  6. twelveightyone,

    If you manage to squeeze your bagel/bread through the slot-loading CD-drive, then browse on safari (read MDN comments) for 10 minutes, the computer will generate enough heat to toast the bagel/bread. Just press the eject button on the keyboard, it pops out. Sorry that you missed this feature.

  7. Glick7 wanted voice recording capabilities in the new G5 iMac… oh…. wait a minute…. it does it.

    Oh, OK.

    But it really lacks an integral printer…. I remember when Royal put out a computerized word processor with an integral daisy wheel printer.

    Apple really missed the boat on this one.

  8. I guess the answer today would be for cable box companies to allow the cable television content to be streamed via 802.11g to registered MAC addresses in a family network. A Dashboard widget would be perfect for displaying that content. Otherwise, the move to make subscription based internet TV should become more of a feasible reality once H264 has become common place. Sprint is already giving cellphone users a means of watching tv anywhere they want. Hopefully as Apple’s Quicktime is adopted by more moble services, broadcasters will take note and realize that the time has come to shed away the propriety cable boxes and satallite systems. The internet will become the vehicle of choice for media distribution. Just as Apple has made it so for music content.

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