Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:00 UTC, submitted by Sonia Mehta
Apple "I want Vista to be a better OS than it's been promoted to be, but at the same time, I also want OS X to finally receive the public adoption that it deserves. Now is the time for Apple to creatively promote its Macintosh platform with OS X. This is the critical hour, and if Apple is able to take advantage of the uneasy feeling that many have towards Vista, then they could attract an untold amount of new users."
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Apple _want_ to remain niche.
by Nezumi on Thu 14th Sep 2006 17:29 UTC
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2006-04-02

My understanding of the Apple 'community' is that its comprised of users who 'think different'. They are prepared to pay a certain premium for I.T. that 'just works' and that looks like it's designed rather than simply assembled.

*cough* Dell *cough*

I saw an article the other day that claimed that ipod was loosing it's cool because so many people have them. I don't know how true this is, but imagine that that's not what Steve wants.

As a home user I like the idea of a Mac. I have used nearly every release of Vista and will not be upgrading due to poor fit and finish, a reduced feature set and DRM policies that I personally don't care for. I've got a 360 for games, and Kubuntu isn't quite there yet (it's damn close!)

I am honestly concerned about the overall build quality of certain models of Mac tho. I would also avoid PC's from certain vendors for the same reasons.

As a business user I would be concerned with the emphasis of cool media trinkets as opposed to computers. I want to deal with a company that focuses on my IT business needs, not lifestyle gadgets.

In fairness, considering the state of Vista this can be applied to MS too.

Apple have already switched to Intel. They don't design any of their internal components. They don't build their own computers. They depend on Intel for their technology roadmap. Perhaps a limited licensing program for the OS is only a matter of time...

NOTE: It's my understanding that Intel design the motherboards for Macs now. Oddly enough, Dell actually design some of the boards they use. I welcome correction.

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