Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[5]: Interesting experiment
by tupp on Wed 24th Aug 2011 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Interesting experiment"
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Sure unibody laptop enclosures are stupid. Sure. PC makers could make them if they wanted. Sure. Keep saying that. Still doesn't change anything.

Dude. The author of that article has no clue about manufacturing processes nor about the widespread availability of CNC mills. He is obviously just another one of the many Apple-worshiping journalist, as indicated by the article's last sentence: "In the end, only Apple will be able to reliably deliver the cool, calming, solid, familiar tactile experience that end-users and IT admins alike desire." Detect any bias in that sentence?

Again, there are CNC shops all over the place. The manufacturers do not have to buy such machines as that crappy article suggests. If Apple had a lock on all of the CNC machines in the world, pretty much every industry on the globe would be in a crisis. It's a ridiculously naive, fanboy-wishful-thinking notion.

Furthermore, it is not necessary to machine metal "unibody" enclosures as there are metal forging processes that are just as strong and cheaper (namely stamping).

No. The reason why most manufacturers are keeping away from CNC housings is because they can make a less expensive, less wasteful and more resilient housing using plastics.

Another article by an Apple-worshiping "journalist" posted by the same site. I am not going to even bother pointing-out the biased language.

Again, the author has no clue about manufacturing.

Not surprisingly, this second article actually references the first article you linked as it's information source that "Apple has booked solid all the lathes."

Really?! Oh, Apple! You are so smart and forward thinking! Now you have all of those cheap inferior competitors by the short hairs!!!

It is amazing that people actually stomach such tripe without thinking. There is no way that Apple can "book" all of the CNC mills in the world. Additionally, all industry would shut down if it were so.

However, I would like to point out that, even though this article is biased in favor of Apple, the author acknowledges that Sony and Dell offered super thin laptops years before the Macbook Air.

PC OEMs are finding it hard to impossible to match the Macbook Air which is flying off the shelves.

PC makers don't want to match the Macbook Air -- the housing is too expensive, wasteful and environmentally unsound (20,000 CNC mills -- hello!) to manufacture. In addition, there are the aforementioned bending problems, that require more expensive (and harder to machine) alloys.

Apple is the only PC maker that is still showing substantial growth and makes most of the profits in the industry.

Everyone has a right to one's opinion about what constitutes "substantial growth," but one thing that cannot be denied is that there are way more non-Apple laptops being sold, compared to Macbook sales.

There are reasons for that.

Yes. And the reason is that there are millions of people who are gullible enough to believe that Apple has a lock on all of the CNC houses in the world.

Edited 2011-08-24 00:37 UTC

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