Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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100% true
by _txf_ on Sun 25th Oct 2009 13:14 UTC
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I Suspect that apple has no confidence in their brand.

It is generally well known that despite how much value for money (even if it were the case in apples computers) people will still go for cheaper products.

There are a few things to consider from apples point of view:

1) perhaps apple feels that the dilution of their brand to other manufacturers will reflect badly on them i.e. badly working hardware causes osx to function less optimally.

2) Dilution causes the expectation from consumers that apple should support other hardware. No matter how many disclaimers there are.

3) I imagine a lot of people only tolerate the hardware in order to get osx. (my laptop has roughly the same specs as a good macbook pro for at least 600 euros less with more usb ports and other slots).

I suspect that apple does not want to get relegated to the same territory ms is in whereby they produce nice hardware but then suffers massively from having to support every computer on the planet. If you look at the xbox you can see that ms can produce very nice software if they target a specific piece of hardware (rather crappy hardware tho!).

Edited 2009-10-25 13:15 UTC

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