And you get the iLife software. Does something comparable even exist for PC? On Jan 12, 2005, at 9:17 AM, John Willkie wrote: > Only a Mac enthisiast would call this a "low-priced" computer. Dell -- > nobody's idea of a cut-rate maker -- sells whole computers (with the > keyboard, mouse and keyboard that the mini Mac doesn't include) for > the same > price point. And, they don't make you think that you're getting > something > insignificant. > > John Willkie > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Craig Birkmaier" <craig@xxxxxxxxx> > To: "OpenDTV Mail List" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 6:08 AM > Subject: [opendtv] News: Changing Course, Apple Offers Low-Priced Mac > for > the Home > > >> > http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/12/technology/12apple.html? > adxnnl=1&oref=login&adxnnlx=1105536243-qJ8YQU+1thwxz7ZTf3ZzhQ >> >> Changing Course, Apple Offers Low-Priced Mac for the Home >> >> January 12, 2005 >> >> Changing Course, Apple Offers Low-Priced Mac for the Home >> By JOHN MARKOFF and SAUL HANSELL >> >> SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11 - Apple Computer introduced its first >> low-priced Macintosh on Tuesday, signaling its bet that most >> consumers now see computers as simply another appliance in the modern >> house. >> >> While computers have long been sold as machines that can turn a home >> into an office, most Americans now use them in their bedrooms and >> kitchens as e-mail terminals; as hubs for playing music, storing and >> editing photos; and as stations for navigating the Web. >> >> The new Mac Mini, priced as low as $499 without a keyboard, monitor >> or mouse, is aimed squarely at the needs of this new digital >> household. >> >> The new Apple strategy, which moves the company deeply into the >> consumer electronics market, positions the new Macintosh as an >> entertainment and communication device. It also promises to intensify >> Apple's battle with Microsoft in the personal computer market >> dominated by machines using Windows software. >> >> The move is in part propelled by Apple's success with its iPod >> digital music players; with 10 million sold in the last three years, >> the iPod has pulled Apple into the mass market. The popularity of >> iPod, analysts say, may persuade consumers who have not been Apple >> computer users to consider the Mac Mini. >> >> "I wish I had a nickel for every time people have suggested that we >> do this," said Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, at a >> conference on Tuesday. "We want to price this Mac so that people who >> are thinking of switching will have no excuse." >> >> But Apple's introduction of a low-priced machine is not likely to cut >> significantly into Microsoft's dominance in personal computing; more >> than 90 percent of PC's are Windows machines. >> >> More important, Microsoft is also moving to turn PC's into >> entertainment centers with its Windows Media Center Edition software, >> which lets a computer double as a television and video recorder. >> >> Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said that Apple's >> consumers were probably not going to give up their Windows PC's but >> might buy a Macintosh as an additional computer for entertainment. >> >> "It's not about switching but adding," he said. "People may still >> need a PC because of work activities, but this is for doing >> multimedia activities and searching the Internet." >> >> For the last few years, Apple has deflected criticism of its roughly >> 3 percent share of the computer market by comparing itself to >> prestige brands like BMW. It tried to make sophisticated and >> attractive products that appealed to a small segment of consumers >> willing to pay a premium for superior design. >> >> Mr. Jobs played down suggestions that Apple had any grand strategy to >> transform itself, saying instead that the new pricing strategy came >> in response to things that Apple customers have been requesting. >> >> In addition to the Mac Mini, which goes on sale Jan. 22, Mr. Jobs >> introduced a tiny digital music player, the iPod Shuffle, which is >> priced as low as $99. The less-expensive player has no screen and can >> hold about 120 songs, compared with 5,000 songs on a standard iPod. >> >> "Today we saw the unveiling of a business strategy that people will >> be talking about for years to come," said John M. Gallaugher, a >> business professor at Boston College. >> >> Even with the low price of the new iPod, Mr. Gallaugher said that >> Apple would probably make up the low profit margins from the music >> player by selling a series of accessories with higher margins. >> >> Even loyal iPod users have resisted Apple computers because they are >> perceived to be expensive and not compatible with the so-called >> industry standard of personal computers based on Windows and Intel >> microprocessors. >> >> But the advantages for consumers of using a Windows PC are less >> significant if they are performing common Internet and entertainment >> functions. Moreover, the computer viruses, worms and spyware that >> plague Windows machines have been far less of a problem for Macintosh >> machines. >> >> The question still remains, however, whether PC users will try >> Macintosh machines in large numbers. >> >> "This is not going to return Apple to a high level of profitability," >> said David Yoffie, a professor at Harvard Business School. "The >> margins on these new machines will be trivial. And I think they will >> add no more than one or two points of market share." >> >> He said, however, that even a small growth in market share could be >> enough to attract software developers willing to write programs for >> the Macintosh. >> >> Apple has struggled to break out of its niche position in the >> computer business since the Macintosh was introduced in 1984. Early >> on, Mr. Jobs defined the Macintosh as an all-in-one appliance, but he >> was forced to leave Apple just a year later after losing a management >> battle with the chief executive then, John Sculley. >> >> During the 1990's, while Mr. Jobs was in exile from the company, >> Apple flirted with broadening its market by licensing the Macintosh >> operating system to companies that made systems that were Macintosh >> compatible. >> >> The strategy backfired when those companies began stealing Apple's >> profits and Microsoft successfully imitated the Macintosh user >> interface with Windows version 3.1. >> >> Mr. Jobs canceled the Macintosh operating systems licenses when he >> returned to Apple in 1997, focusing Apple instead on attractive >> industrial designs and a new operating system, Macintosh OS X, which >> he brought with him from Next, the company he founded in 1985. >> >> Most of the decisions Mr. Jobs has made since returning to Apple have >> been well received, but the company's market share has continued to >> erode in the face of fierce price competition. >> >> Some analysts said that the cheaper Mac Mini, which could cost a few >> hundred dollars more than $499 with a monitor, keyboard and mouse, >> could help stop the erosion. Inexpensive PC's sell for about $700 or >> even lower. The low-end Macintosh, called the eMac, sells for about >> $800. >> >> "The product is sensational for the market it's designed for," said >> Charles Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company. He said the new >> machine was designed to appeal to iPod users with Windows systems who >> have stayed away from the Macintosh in the past. "I think it's going >> to stem any further loss of market share, and I foresee the day late >> in the decade when they will double their market share because of a >> product like this." >> >> Shares of Apple fell $4.40 Tuesday, to close at $64.56. >> >> Mr. Munster said that investors had been guessing that Apple would >> sell more iPods in the fourth quarter than the 4.5 million the >> company reported. Apple will report its first-quarter results >> Wednesday afternoon. >> >> Mr. Jobs made the announcements in front of an audience of more than >> 4,000 Macintosh enthusiasts. The announcements cap a year of both >> success and personal challenge for Mr. Jobs, who has seen Apple's >> stock more than triple. >> >> Last summer Mr. Jobs was found to have a rare form of pancreatic >> cancer. After emergency surgery, he quickly returned to work at both >> Apple Computer and at Pixar Animation Studios, where he is also >> chairman and chief executive. >> >> He has resisted speaking publicly about his personal crisis. Yet some >> at the conference thought the marketing slogan for the iPod Shuffle, >> "Life Is Random," was a reference to the fortunes of Mr. Jobs. >> >> "It jumped out at me," said Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley venture >> capitalist. "It's existential marketing with maybe even a touch of >> nihilism." >> >> Mr. Jobs said he had not created the slogan, which came from the >> company's advertising agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, but he acknowledged >> that it had struck him as well. "I thought about it," he said. >> >> John Markoff reported fromSan Francisco for this article and Saul >> Hansell from New York. >> >> >> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- >> You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: >> >> - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at > FreeLists.org >> >> - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > unsubscribe in the subject line. >> > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > > - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at > FreeLists.org > > - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > unsubscribe in the subject line. > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.