Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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Already wrong at the second sentence.
by tupp on Fri 6th Aug 2010 17:44 UTC
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Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices...

The part about high prices is obvious.

The other part about Apple making a "premium" product is not obvious, primarily because it is false.

Are these features of "premium" products?:
- overheating original Mac;
- the round mouse;
- overheating laptops;
- dying batteries (Ipod);
- lack of connectivity;
- non-standard, proprietary connectors;
- glass laptop touchpads cracking;
- Imac 27" yellow screens;
- Imac graphics issues (black screens on boot-up);
- MacBook plastics cracking;
- MacBook fan "mooing" (fixed with firmware);
- Time Capsule PSU death;
- iPhone 3G/3GS case cracking;
- G5 cooling issues;
- Magsafe connector/cable shorting and burning;
- Mighty Mouse ball susceptible to constant malfunction from dirt;
- Machined laptop enclosures that bend (caused Apple to go back to plastic);
- Iphone 4 back glass supceptible to shattering;
- Iphone 4 antenna fiasco;
- etc.

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