A number of sources including all the usual suspects have reported a number of difficulties in completing user part upgrades on the latest range of iMacs. This in reality is hardly surprising. Apple has many options in the Apple Store for specifying your machine to your desired specification but as any one has tried these come at a pretty price indeed.
So it didn’t take long for iFixit to get their delicate hands on the new range of iMacs. For those not in the know these guys are brilliant at posting very precise and well written articles on how you can get into the guts of most of the tech on the market. They in return seem to want to sell you a SPUDGER for every job you do but in truth are not usually required.
This is where a number of people have moaned and groaned about the lack of accessibility and just how hard these upgrades are. Now, Apple do allow you to perform user hardware upgrades – the the RAM by the simple removal of a couple of screws and hey presto you are in, beyond this things get tricky and for a reason.
First you have to remove the front glass, a ton of screws pull a few wires, stand on your head, chant abuse and then you might get lucky.
The reasons, user experience and revenue.
Apple always provide excellent products, FACT. If you want to open up any PC on the market most of them have thumb screws or simple latches almost inviting you in, Apple don’t do this because they don’t want you in possibly installing inferior hardware that at some point could impede the running of your machine. But the biggest reason though is revenue.
Apple Store upgrades are expensive and provide more revenue, small bumps in HDD size often result on over £100 increases to the bottom line that in real terms are only £10-£20 in the cost of product – more money made. Hell, go all out and you can quickly get into the £1000’s before you get to the bottom line. However the biggest reason is that user upgrade may just result in the end user getting a year of maybe even 2 years use out of the same machine. Now Apple users never really go back to the dark side and choose a PC by choice, they will replace their Mac with a new(er) one. This may in real terms will reduce the sales cycle for Apple and reduce revenue costs over the lifetime of a users purchases considerably. Add all the Mac users together and you quickly get into big numbers.
So it’s not that they don’t agree with you upgrading you Mac yourself, they as per always just want their cut.
So have you signed up to MobileMe and wondered if it was worth it? I did, some months ago and I can’t say that I have really had my money’s worth from it.
The best feature for me has been the syncing of the calendar services between my iphone, ipad and imac (oh and old Thinkpad which is still amazing, apart from the OS). But of course all this available with Google Calendar.
Then we have email, again all in sync using IMAP. Again, all available with Google
Then we have iDisk…..dropbox, box.net (plus loads more)
Then we have find my iPhone – oh that’s now free anyway
Then we have Gallery – a load of options
Then we have, then we have
I did but it though because even though I had all the free alternatives I really just wanted to open up up the settings and insert a username and password and I’m off. When you decide to reload your mac, iPad or iPhone from scratch this really does take the pain away.
With rumours of a new and improved service on its way Apple is really going to have to step up its game here as they are not exactly in top gear with a £59 subscription when all the above is available for free.
What are your thoughts, let me know