I would like to note that the OP bought a iMac because he had no other choice besides a round overpriced Mac Pro tower that cannot be upgraded in any real way.
Which, before the round one, was still entry-level 2.5K, another thousand over what he paid *WITHOUT* the classy 27" high-res panel.
So that overpriced thing is kind of a given, right?
And upgraded? You mean the graphics card?
He can still add memory up to 32GiB, he can still use external harddrives, he could never upgrade the motherboard (it's still a Mac), and why upgrade the CPU (Intel is 3:5 for sockets:architectures, so do you think Kaby Lake will be a worthy upgrade from a Skylake
So, unless he cares about serious gaming, which makes this entire argument a farce anyway, what exactly is he missing?
I know Apple uses their practices to make upgrading a PITA ands repair almost impossible "ifixit can show you that" and forces anyone needing a new Apple machine to get a AIO system that cannot be upgraded unless you pay for the upgrades ahead of time at exorbitant prices.
Desktops are so cheap that people routinely replace them outright when the software breaks
, forget the hardware. Every year or so I recycle the handful of relatively obsolete (but usually still functional!) desktops that I've acquired this way from friends & family.
I even got a i5 sandy-bridge this way a little under 2 years ago, the motherboard of broke and the guy at work literally just gave me the whole machine.
But I know every School, be it a college or High school and the general public would prefer a standard tower design they can upgrade at least once for their Apple desktop.
Oh please, that's nonsense. I've never worked for an institution (or heard of one) that's EVER upgraded a machine like that after deployment, and I've worked for several big ones (educational and otherwise).
Even if they charge 400-600$ just for a fancy machined all aluminum custom Apple ATX tower the lines would go around several blocks once people saw it and apple used some of their unlimited resources on advertizing.
That's known as diluting the brand, and it's universally a bad idea.
What you are saying is fundamentally no different than Apple selling Apple branded soap, or pillows. They're not in the business of selling cosmetics anymore than they are in the business of selling empty computer cases.
Hey. Here's a better idea: why don't they sell a complete computer, that way they can additionally sell layered software, cloud services and create synergies with that "other" computing market where the REAL money (and FUTURE) is.
Oh. right. that's what Apple is doing...
Introducing the Apple Pro Tower!!!!
That would be "Re-Introducing," did you miss that part?
You guys seem to think you've got all these novel and brilliant ideas, not realizing that there are several (likely former) executives at Apple who had them too...
Here at apple we understand that people want to be able to upgrade and add components
They don't. You do.
Apple understands this, you do not.
Cable card tuners
Get an external one, that's what most of them are anyway (I don't even know of an internal one). It's a better idea anyway, and much more flexible.
much wider choice of graphics cards for our growing gaming ability on the Mac OS
Not to mention that quality control for video cards and video drivers is an outright nightmare.
along with your choice of apple certified board from ASUS, Gigabyte etc, be it a Apple approved Intel Z series motherboards be it a dual channel quad core CPU board or a quad channel board with your choice of 6-18 cores.
Did you even read my initial response to your stupid idea? This isn't new. It was tried, it almost killed Apple, and it was the first thing
Jobs axed when he was put back in charge and turned the company into what it is today.
custom water cooling system
Also If you have a problem our geniuses can fix most anything in our stores on the spot in a short amount of time right in front of you.
Yeah, ok, no.
the choice is totally up to you.
You don't understand Apple's business model. At all.