Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 7th Apr 2004 05:50 UTC
Apple By most counts, they're a hit. But they were intended to woo new users to the fold, yet Mac market share has only budged -- lower, says BusinessWeek.
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RE: The trouble with Apple
by Anonymous on Wed 7th Apr 2004 17:58 UTC

"But switching to UNIX, even easy to use UNIX, might not have been the best thing for its existing user base of loyal non technical users."
this doesn't make a lot of sense. Traditional Mac users- what else are they going to switch to? MacOS was technically crappy and had to change, and no matter what, old Mac users would hate it. The people you're thinking of as 'existing user base' hate any change to their Macs (it's really like a cult), but MacOS was being left behind as 80's technology.

"The problem is that Apple products aren't really targeted at the IT user base."

No, what's going on is they are being targeted to the IT user base- that's why they went to a UNIX based OS. The reason Apple was falling apart is they were keeping old crappy 1980's technology around in order to appease Apple cultists, and also out of general laziness/arrogence, so most sectors of the market responded by switching to Windows. Jobs came in, knew what the problem was, and said, "look everyone, we're going to start making innovative, quality products again."

In the past couple years, they've actually shown some success at making innovative, quality products again, and the priorly alienated sectors are just starting to catch on.