Originally Posted by carrboro
Hunh? The computer is part of the Mac line (unless it were say an Xserve) regardless of what OS it is running. The OS also has "Mac" in the name. Just because you associate Mac with the OS doesn't mean that the computers aren't also Macs. I mean, taking your logic nobody should have a ThinkPad or a Vaio, etc. but rather a Lenovo (or IBM) or Sony PC, etc. The Mac is the computer first, it's Mac OSX because it was designed to be used on Macs.
Right, a Mac was a Mac awhile ago because the hardware and the processor was different than what's on the PC.
Mac's had PPC processors, larger capacity interfaces like Firewire, stereo in/out and a their own version of a graphics card. Even sporting things first like cd drives and so on to create music cds. Mac's were for the graphics and creative markets, who needed the extra horsepower and ease of use, stereo for recordings etc. Also they had better font control and higher resolution of type for the desktop publishing market Apple founded.
PC's had Intel processors (or like Intel), mono in and out for dictation/answering phone and office use. They didn't have or need Firewire and a floppy disk was good enough for them for quite some time.
So they were at one time, two different machines for two different markets. One business and one creative.
So at that time a Mac was a Mac and a PC was a PC.
Now of course PC's come with stereo, run creative software like Abode and Quark, cd/dvd drives and USB 2 which is about as fast as Firewire 400.
Mac's have adopted Intel's processors and hardware speaking are really no different than PC's, Mac's use the same parts from the same suppliers as PC's. Apple is even slowly dropping Firewire support and is now incorporating SD slots in their computers, just like PC's!
So essentially Mac's are no longer "Mac's" they are Apple PC's with Apple's operating system installed by default.
Apple keeps pretending and marketing their PC's as Mac's, because of the history.
But in actuality, anyone can install Windows, Linux or Unix on a Apple PC and that' makes it a PC.