As expected, Apple announced updated iPod minis yesterday, in new colors and at a lower price. What was not expected, however, was what was removed.
The company no longer ships a Firewire cable or dock by default with any iPod. This is merely one in a series of reductions of included accessories. Readers may be surprised to learn that Apple no longer includes the following items with certain products.
- The Mac mini does not ship with a monitor, mouse or keyboard. What’s up with that?
- The iPod shuffle does not have a screen, but an optional LCD that shows the time and works as an alarm clock can be purchased separately from Amazon. Well, actually, it’s just an alarm clock. But at least you can say your iPod shuffle has a screen.
- The Power Mac G5 no longer includes a pamphlet entitled So, You Bought A Power Mac G5. Big Whoop. Don’t You Think It’s Time Got Over Yourself, Mr. Big-Shot Power Mac G5 Owner?
- A funny monkey that smokes cigarettes and wears a funny little hat is now listed as “Must be installed by Apple certified technician” for the eMac. Which is crazy because everyone wants the the funny monkey and they’re really not that hard to install.
- iPod socks, strangely, no longer come with iPod socks. It’s just an empty box that you can add individual iPod socks to. Which the company suggests getting out of your sock drawer.
- The little adapter that’s for using an older monitor with current Macs no longer includes an adapter that’s for using an older Mac with current monitors. Instead it comes with three pounds of bacon grease and a bib that says “Kiss me – I’m eating bacon grease!”
- PowerBooks no longer come with a small cup of peaches in syrup and iBooks no longer have that new iBook smell.
A group of concerned Mac users is considering starting a class action lawsuit against the company under the premise that it should include everything with each of its products “because that would be the right thing to do.”