Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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A nice attempt at being fair Thom, but totally wrong.

Thom didn't write this...

The only reason why Apple couldn't take advantage of cheap off-the-shelf components (as the PC cloners did) is because Apple deliberately made every single piece of the Mac proprietary.

That is like blaming tigers for having stripes... Apple was a computer maker - ALL computers makers made proprietary hardware in the early days, that was kind of the whole business model of being a computer maker...

IBM used off the shelf components for the PC because they were cheap and they didn't want to waste time, energy, and talent on designing something they never expected to be more than moderately successful. If they had a clue of the pandora's box they were opening by doing that they would have never done it. Sorry, but the whole "off-the-shelf compatible components" thing was a fluke - it only happened because no one saw it coming. No computer maker in their right mind in the early 1980s would have done something like that on purpose...

No, you can't blame Apple for not going that route earlier - they didn't see it coming either and by the time they did they were too vested in their business model to abandon it without a fight. Just be thankful that a few guys at IBM accidentally let the genie out of the bottle and couldn't manage to put it back in...

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