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[2]: :)
by FreakyT on Sat 4th Jul 2009 02:46 UTC in reply to "RE: :)"
FreakyT
Member since:
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]: :)"
kaiwai Member since:
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[4]: :)
by FreakyT on Sat 4th Jul 2009 03:22 in reply to "RE[3]: :)"
FreakyT Member since:
2005-07-17

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.


I'll agree with you there -- I feel like clone manufacturers shouldn't be selling these things in actual stores, but instead only online with a "build to order" type setups. Unfortunatlely, it seems like a "slippery slope" either way; if you allow the clone makers to exist, the brand dilution is bound to happen, whereas if you don't, you implicitly acknowledge a company's ability to legally restrict what a customer can do with a purchased product, which could lead to all sorts of crazy restrictions.

Personally, I'd say the former outcome is preferrable to the latter.

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RE[4]: :)
by dylansmrjones on Sat 4th Jul 2009 09:39 in reply to "RE[3]: :)"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

If you are afraid of having your name tarnished then donĀ“t have a name.

If you are afraid of people dissing your software don't write software.

Of course, you could also take another approach. Give a damn about it - or maybe even (this is farfetched alright) listen to the complaints...

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RE[4]: :)
by bluedodo on Sun 5th Jul 2009 09:36 in reply to "RE[3]: :)"
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2006-03-26

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.

You are under the impression that Apple has a good name?

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RE[4]: :)
by gustl on Mon 6th Jul 2009 20:41 in reply to "RE[3]: :)"
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2006-01-19

There is a VERY easy way for Apple to get rid of that threat.

Just have the OS name not contain any reference to their "Apple" brand.

Then cloners can only market their computers as "OS-x". But not as "Apple's OS-X", or Apple clone.

They could even put their OS business guys into a daughter company, and have them not make any advertisements.
The mother company, then sells Apple computers, as they did before.

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RE[3]: :)
by computrius on Sun 5th Jul 2009 23:44 in reply to "RE[2]: :)"
computrius Member since:
2006-03-26

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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