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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Numbers will tell
by Budd on Sat 4th Jul 2009 17:35 UTC
Budd
Member since:
2005-07-08

...if PearPC (a very obscure firm for the middle class Joe) or Psystar (some other obscure firm about to be broke) will make ANY impact into the European market. Apple computers are an extremely rara avis here. Is not even like 1 to ... 100 ratio (I know, pulled the number out of my ass but I'm sure ratio is even lower). I wouldn't worry too much if I was Apple. Release the Lava Leopard and make it work on Apple only machines (I bet there's a way Apple can uniquely identify their machines), make updates for Snow Leopard (hell, even this one can be made to run only on Apple machines) available only for Apple machines and suddenly Pear & Psystar will run into problems.
I give them until the holidays season. After that, I bet they will be either settle (which was probably the reason they stepped in) or they will be out of business due to technical problems.

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RE: Numbers will tell
by umccullough on Sat 4th Jul 2009 19:33 in reply to "Numbers will tell"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

...if PearPC (a very obscure firm for the middle class Joe)


Let's make sure we're on the same page here... PearPC is a PPC emulator - PearC is a company selling X86-based Mac clones.

Please don't confuse everyone ;)

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RE: Numbers will tell
by tyrione on Sun 5th Jul 2009 02:35 in reply to "Numbers will tell"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

You sure did pull that number out of your ass. 45% of Apple's sales come from Europe and Japan, mainly Europe.

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RE[2]: Numbers will tell
by r_a_trip on Sun 5th Jul 2009 13:46 in reply to "RE: Numbers will tell"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

And what is the ratio of non-Apple PC's and the 45% non-US Apples sold overseas?

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RE[2]: Numbers will tell
by Budd on Sun 5th Jul 2009 15:38 in reply to "RE: Numbers will tell"
Budd Member since:
2005-07-08

It is? Check this (another) one picked out from the same southern part of me: what is the (roughly) percentage of the Apple computers sold in the world? Like 1 in 50? Less? I bet is less but for the sake of argument let's suppose is 1 in 50. You say 45% is sold in Japan&Europe and that Europe gets the bigger cut,say 60%,no, I give you 80%. That will give (very roughly) 1 Apple computer out of 150 other ones. Again,irrelevant to the computer user population in Europe. But as I said, I'm ready to bet the ratio is even lower. And no, I'm not at all biased against Apple. I use Apple machines since 1997. Hell, even today I still have 3.

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