Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jul 2009 00:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Now this is interesting news that hit my inbox at 2:22 AM (don't ask). It seems like the concept of selling Mac clones is more lucrative than many have anticipated, as I've just been informed via email that the German PearC has expanded its business into the BeNeLux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and France. Together with the news that Psystar emerged from chapter 11, it looks like the market for Mac clones is more lucrative than many of us had imagined.
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RE: :)
by sigzero on Sat 4th Jul 2009 01:35 UTC in reply to ":)"
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2006-01-03

Good.


Not in any sense of the word is it "good".

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RE[2]: :)
by VistaUser on Sat 4th Jul 2009 01:42 in reply to "RE: :)"
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2008-03-08

It is good in many sense of the word - especially for those who want the mac experience without the mac compromises that Apple forces upon consumers with a limited range of hardware.

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RE[3]: :)
by Big Al on Sat 4th Jul 2009 02:06 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
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2005-06-29

But without Apple's control over the hardware you'll hardly have the "Apple Experience".

Another part of the experience is Apple's customer support. I hardly think they'll be able to replicate that either.

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by kaiwai on Sat 4th Jul 2009 02:52 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
RE[3]: :)
by re_re on Sat 4th Jul 2009 12:24 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
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2005-07-06

"It is good in many sense of the word - especially for those who want the mac experience without the mac compromises that Apple forces upon consumers with a limited range of hardware."

Apple forces nothing upon you, you have a free choice to purchase their product or not. Nobody is entitled to a mac. If you want it buy it, if you can't afford it, to bad.

Apple does what any other successful business does, they charge as much as they can for the products they offer, even if they lose customers and are making more money on less volume.

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RE[2]: :)
by FreakyT on Sat 4th Jul 2009 02:46 in reply to "RE: :)"
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2005-07-17

Of course it's good. Now, people who buy these should be fully aware that their system may have issues and they're not eligible for Apple support, but that aside, why should anyone care? Apple gets their money from the OS sale, and as Thom's previous editorial postulated, Apple probably isn't "subsidizing" the cost.

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RE[3]: :)
by kaiwai on Sat 4th Jul 2009 03:06 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
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2005-07-06

Of course it's good. Now, people who buy these should be fully aware that their system may have issues and they're not eligible for Apple support, but that aside, why should anyone care? Apple gets their money from the OS sale, and as Thom's previous editorial postulated, Apple probably isn't "subsidizing" the cost.


But you're ignoring the fall out that comes when idiot has a bad experience and it tarnishes Apples good name rather than blaming the vendor itself. How many times have Microsoft been blamed for things that the OEM does? I'm sure Apple has looked at what Microsoft has to put up with and thought, "I don't want t have to deal with that". Imagine all the crapware that will be installed on pre-installed versions of Mac OS X and the shonky nature of it - it basically ruin the Apple brand over night as people equate their one bad experience using non-Apple hardware with Mac OS X to the quality of the operating system.

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RE[3]: :)
by computrius on Sun 5th Jul 2009 23:44 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
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If you buy a system from a company that is not apple, why would anyone assume they would get apple support?

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RE[2]: :)
by gfx1 on Sat 4th Jul 2009 18:10 in reply to "RE: :)"
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2006-01-20

Jup it is good, there is a market for a more afordable mac, one slightly larger than a mac mini so you can use proper RAM and a decent 3,5" harddisk.

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