The era of inexpensive laptop computers is officially over. Long gone are the days of being able to purchase a MacBook laptop for under $1000. According to the PCMag.com article titled, "The Mac Tax is Back," by Sascha Segan,
"Apple says the $999 MacBook Air is the MacBook's replacement, and of course the Mac Mini starts at $599. But the Mac Mini and MacBook Air aren't really designed to be general-purpose family-friendly home computers. Much as Apple would like to deny it, families have massive amounts of optical media around, usually in the form of DVD libraries that they'd like to still be able to read. Maybe that need will go away in a few years, but it isn't here yet."
The dreaded “Mac tax” that has been joked about for years appears to finally be here, according to Sascha Segan,
“No, the price of a family Mac just went up 20 percent—from the $999 MacBook to the new $1199, 13-inch Air or MacBook Pro. We've joked about the Mac tax for years, but this syncs up pretty well with the rate of value-added tax (sales tax) in most European countries….Many taxes exist to raise revenue, but Apple's revenue is doing just fine. This is a sin tax, designed to change behavior. Apple is trying to drive home users looking for affordable PC's away from Mac OS machines and towards iOS, and trying to drive professional users to more expensive machines.”
Steve Jobs is recently quoted as comparing PC’s to tablets by saying:
"When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them. And this is going to make some people uneasy."
If PC’s become the less necessary device, will everyone soon turn into Mac lovers, despite in increase in cost? Will the cost increase even matter if the computer is capable of doing so much more than a PC?
“The company will most likely just get its faithful to pay 20 percent more for their next Mac, buoyed along on the back of the absolutely glowing reviews for the OS X Lion operating system—which is, after all, not available on any other kind of computer…The missing MacBook may also translate into more iPad sales. Apple sold more iPads than Macs in the second quarter of 2011, according to Gartner. That makes a lot of sense if the iPad is not only the world's leading tablet, but also Apple's consumer PC.”
Leave us a comment to let us know if you will be one of the trusty fans to fork out the extra money for a new Mac this year!