“Recent speculation has Apple releasing a $500 computer without a monitor into the market. While this is likely what it shouldn’t be is a general purpose PC, what is should be is a media server,” Rob Enderle writes for TechnologyPundits.com.
MacDailyNews Take: We think the general idea that the above conglomeration of words are trying to convey is: People are speculating about a $500 Mac. A monitor wouldn’t be included for that price. I think that it’s likely, but it should be a media server, not a general purpose Mac.
“Apple should not have a $500 general purpose box under the same brand as their premium lines. The perception of quality and exclusivity would be damaged and the net impact on revenues and margins would, if past patterns hold, accelerate their already negative path,” Enderle writes. “However a low cost media server that would host iPods, have a simplified user interface, and expand Apple into the new digital home could be vastly more powerful… My bet is that, assuming the $500 PC rumor is true, they will make the smart move, and follow the iPod into the Digital Home with a $500 PC that serves as a media server.”
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