Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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Nicholas Blachford
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2005-07-06

Apple spends a lot of money developing both OS X and the Macs themselves. This costs a lot of money and Mac owners pay extra for it.

I find there is a lot of attention to detail put into Macs, you don't get this on cheap PCs.

You do get attention to detail on PCs but you also pay extra for them, but of course no one compares expensive PCs to Macs.


As for Psystar, if they make it possible to run OS X on cheap PCs of course people will pick these instead of Macs, the vast majority of people will pick price over attention to detail every time. However if that happens Apple lose a major source of income, how do they then continue to fund the development of new technologies like OpenCL or libdispatch or things like the iPhone?

So yes, I expect Apple are more than confident in their products, but they also know good engineering costs money, they wouldn't be able to afford it if their OS development involved supporting vastly more hardware platform combinations.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

A reason Macs are expensive? How about obscene margins?

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Except that even expensive pcs can cheaper than macs. Unless of course yo're talking about those nutcases that create diamond encrusted laptops and whatnot.

But what you say is true. And I even appreciate the fact that osx does not come loaded with crapware that pc manufacturers use to slice the prices of their machines.

Apple could charge more for osx and cut the prices of their machines.

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alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

Apple spends a lot of money developing both OS X and the Macs themselves. This costs a lot of money and Mac owners pay extra for it.

I find there is a lot of attention to detail put into Macs, you don't get this on cheap PCs.

You do get attention to detail on PCs but you also pay extra for them, but of course no one compares expensive PCs to Macs.


No, this is not true. Just take a look at modern medium priced PCs. I sometimes put together the little barebone Shuttles for people. They're superb. Take a look at the high end Antec cases, which you can afford if you are spending 500-1,000 euros, and which some barebones vendors are now shipping with their i5s. Better than anything Apple has ever shipped.

Apple stuff is basically at the component level very ordinary standard components - cheap memory, cheap disks, low end graphics cards. Standard main boards, and the highest end processors they can find. Very mid range PSUs. A very strange combination, but it has its merits from a marketing, if not technical, point of view. But any better quality than the midrange PC, it is not.

You want cheap by the way, UK 150 including VAT gets you AMD barebones, dual core, 2Gb memory. Are the Macs better quality than this? Well, higher specified, and better cases, better PSU, yes. But so are the mid range PCs.

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