Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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Short term memmory.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 6th Aug 2010 17:30 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I think if you go back to the 90's you'd see a similar pattern. This is not new behaviour by Apple. This is why I resisted getting an OSX machine for so long, before finally giving in. They had changed for most of this decade, but now it looks like they are going back to the 90's. My last computer was not a Mac, not sure if I will ever go back.

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RE: Short term memmory. - multiboot
by jabbotts on Fri 6th Aug 2010 22:29 in reply to "Short term memmory. "
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

My primary motiviation would be the legal access to osX on native hardware resulting in a minimum tripple-boot system (win/lin/osx) or maybe a fourth slice for BSD. Outside of running osX without the hassle of questionably legal hackintosh setups, the hardware remains more limited than what other vendors sell. Still though, the option to boot osX for those things not native on win64 or Lin64... not entirely un-tempting.

Ah.. who am I kidding. It remains a "great hardware, shame about the company it comes from" issue.. I've always had more issue with the corp policy than the resulting products.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm with you on this one. At my budget, I had two choices for an OS X machine: A used Mac mini with limited expansion and non-upgradeable video, or a Leopard license for the infinitely upgradeable Hackintosh-friendly system I already owned. A Mac Pro would solve both my problems, but I'm not going to pay more for a computer than my car is worth.

So, I now use OS X on a system I built, and I'm on the fence about it. I would love to be on a true Mac, but Apple doesn't offer one for someone with my needs (inexpensive, fully expandable, reasonably powerful).

On the flipside, this computer actually performs better in Linux and Windows than OS X, especially video-wise, and I'd keep it with those OSes on it if I did have a "real" Mac.

Apple really is the Mercedes of the computer world: Sleek, powerful, beautiful and trendy, but way too expensive for the average consumer.

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