Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jul 2009 11:27 UTC
Mac OS X Whenever we talk about Mac clone makers such as Psystar, we all more or less accept as a fact that Apple is selling copies of its Mac OS X operating system at a price lower than it would have been if Apple did not have a hardware business. Even though we treat this statement as fact - recently, I've been wondering: where is the proof?
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Hard question
by trrll on Sat 4th Jul 2009 15:16 UTC
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This is a very difficult question to answer. We can presume that Apple's pricing of the OS is chosen to maximize, so far as Apple can determine, Apple's overall profit. So framed in economic terms, it comes down to, "If Apple sold OS X as a stand-alone product for non-Apple computers, what price would maximize Apple's profit, and is it less than the price at which Apple sells the OS as an upgrade to its own computers?

Note that this has very little to do with the cost of creating the OS

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