Today was Apple’s “Let’s Discuss iPhone” event, and like most iOS events, it was centered largely upon the company’s mobile devices. The iPhone hasn’t been Apple’s only recent success, however, and they justifiably spent a little time talking about how well their Mac lines have been doing – their big claim? That the Apple iMac is the country’s best selling desktop.
Granted, this is coming from Apple’s mouth, but it’s not that difficult of a claim to make. While many, many more PCs get sold than do Macs, they’re all spread out amongst thousands and thousands of models. Apple, on the other hand, only makes two kinds of iMac, and lumps them both together for this statistic – though it wouldn’t be too surprising if either model (21 inches or 27 inches) were enough to beat the charts on its own.
The competitors are aware of just how well the iMac does, too. At a recent briefing for an all-in-one product, the manufacturer mentioned that they were pleased with sales. One representative remarked with a smile, “but it’s no iMac.” Like so many other Apple products, the iMac did not create a product segment, but it’s gone on to define it. What that means is that Apple’s iMac all-in-one wasn’t the first, it’s the one that has popularized it.
Currently, Apple sells three different desktop lines: there’s the Mac Mini, which no longer includes an optical drive; an optional quad-core version can be purchased that includes a copy of Mac OS X Lion Server. The iMac makes up the middle range and the obvious bulk of Apple’s desktop sales; it comes in at 21.5 inches and 27 inches. It’s the largest mainstream all-in-one desktop, at that size, and certainly offers a higher resolution at 2560×1440 pixels, or roughly 18% more pixels than a full HD display.
The iMacs were also some of the first desktops to start bringing in high quality components into this form factor, such as wide viewing angle IPS displays. Many competing all-in-ones have poor displays with noticeably narrower viewing angles.
Apple’s third desktop line, is of course the Mac Pro, which is going on eight years without a major external redesign. The workstation-level desktop typically falls into the world of high-end computing, such as HD editing and rendering.
The iMac’s popularity is likely a result of its simplicity. Plug in a quick cord and you’re finished, almost ready to stand or sit and use the computer. Despite the fact that, at an $1199 introductory price the iMac is substantially more expensive than most other all-in-one computers, its design, exotic operating system, and simplicity are enough to make people switch. Apple has grown above and beyond the general PC market in recent years, and it’s mostly because they’re successful in converting non-Apple users from the PC to the Mac.
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