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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You're right about one thing: Apple's current marketing spiel about "magical" devices is quite annoying. There's nothing magical about the iPad; it's a really big iPod touch. It's something that was somewhat revolutionary three years ago, blown up to e-reader size to appear innovative. The one good thing to come out of the iPad release and its apparent success in the market is that tablet PCs are being taken seriously now.

The Magic mouse is interesting, but not as useful as a similarly priced multi-button mouse from Logitech. Sometimes this company makes me laugh in ridicule; sure I'm a tech geek and I love seeing a well-designed and good looking gadget but Steve and company are way too into themselves sometimes.

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