Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Dec 2009 23:57 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems On a number of occasions, Apple has stated that it cannot design a laptop at around 400-500 USD that isn't total crap. This seems like a reasonable point to make - but why, then, is Dell - of all companies - seemingly able to do so? Dell just launched the Dell Vostro V13 (official press release), and it looks pretty good.
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Apple Could, If They Wanted To...
by Ranger on Wed 9th Dec 2009 16:18 UTC
Ranger
Member since:
2006-05-03

Buying an Apple laptop/Notebook or desktop isn't all that different from buying from other computer manufacturers.

First of all, Apple products are very over-priced for what they offer by comparison to other manufacturers. The profit margins enjoyed by Apple simply scream (to me) about the over-pricing.

One of Apple's best selling points in the past was that most (if not all) of their products were over-built, over-engineered and designed to last. I recall the Apple II Series and early Macs and remember that they were all designed & built with superior components and materials. They were extremely sturdy, meant to last and the higher price was justified.

By current standards, I find product offerings from Apple to barely be on par with other manufacturers. In fact, I've felt some Apple Notebooks offered to be flimsy & cheesey when compared to similar models made by Toshiba and others.

If Apple truly wanted to offer a laptop in the $400-600 USD range, they could easily do so. All they'd have to do is cut the over-priced tag. Their claim of not being aboe to is just a hollow excuse to keep their prices artificially high.

Greed. That's all it is.

Apple also wishes people to believe they're buying into the, 'Apple Experience.' The so-called, 'Apple Experience,' should come with a few shares of STOCK for the prices they charge.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Are we really supposed to begrudge Apple for not joining the commodity race to the bottom?

Apple took a risk when they invested in OSX and it has paid off. Dell, IBM and HP all could have invested in their own operating systems but chose to keep selling Windows. Dell even begged Apple years ago to him to sell OSX on his machines. What has stopped Dell from making his own OS?

Oh my God Apple notebooks now have high profit margins.

So do Guess jeans.

I don't buy either nor do I resent Guess or Apple for providing a product at a price that people are willing to pay.

The dead stinking rhino in the room is Linux which if you recall was supposed to supplant Apple for the #2 position. No one 10 years ago imagined that Apple would have these high profit margins today. I really think a lot of this anger towards Apple is from people who resent them for not only having success but strict control over an OS that can compete with Windows. It certainly takes away a lot of the excuses people have made for Linux over the years and diminishes belief in the ability of the open source community to compete with proprietary companies.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

It certainly takes away a lot of the excuses people have made for Linux over the years and diminishes belief in the ability of the open source community to compete with proprietary companies.


Quite on the contrary.

Apple undermines, on its part, the Microsoft monopoly. The more non-Microsoft computers we have in the hands of money-spending consumers, the better the chances are for other solutions - including the open ones; mostly because the "de facto" standard no longer exists.

You could argue that Apple has become a monster itself, worse than Microsoft - but at its core Apple is much weaker, they don't have the lasting revenue generating foundation Microsoft has (win32 api).

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