OWC is great! I am looking forward to them investigating this further, and reporting results on their Blog http://blog.macsales.com/10146-apple...s-on-new-imacs
Maybe Apple just thinks like this:
- You bought an iMac! It's a Consumer machine, not a Pro machine.
- It's jam packed, not much space!
- Things can go wrong during the install, unless it's done by a real pro!
- We don't know if you or someone else is going to do this Install.
- We can only trust our certified Apple Techs using our approved HDs!
- If things can go wrong during the install, you are gonna ask Apple Care to fix it! That costs us $$! And why should we pay to correct someone else' mistakes, just cause you wanted to save a few $$ by buying an HD elsewhere, and not from us!
- If your HD dies within 3 years of Apple Care, we'll replace it for free, cause it's our HD!
- If your HD dies after 3 years of Apple Care, we'll replace it with our HD for a Fee, and we'll Guarantee it for 3 month or whatever our policy is!
- If you buy a Pro Mac, like Macbook Pro or Mac Pro Tower, then we'll make it a bit easier to customize!
- When you buy a Pro Mac, like Macbook Pro or Mac Pro Tower, you are telling us not only that you could afford that price, but that you can afford Pro Installation Fees of ours, or by any of our Certified Apple Techs!
So... Maybe all this boils down to that Apple just wants only Certified Apple Technicians to get inside their Consumer Macs?
In that case, if OWC gets their Apple Certification, OWC will be able to do the Installs, right? But then what's the difference in Price and Turn Around Time between sending a Consumer Mac to OWC or Apple Care?
OWC can still sell parts for Pro Macs, like Macbook Pro, or Mac Pro Tower, or All Older Macs, but for Newest Consumer Macs, like iMac, Apple doesn't want to be responsible for $$ fixing somebody else' mistakes, if those mistakes happen within 3 Years of Apple Care!
Such is my understanding of this situation for now... I understand that some people are gonna be upset, but... Non of us know the statistics of Apple Care! How often does Apple Care have to fix someone else' mistakes? How much does it cost to do that?
Simply blaming it on Apple being Greedy, or a too Controlling might be unfair, unsupported by facts! Apple is a business - they need to make profits to grow, to keep their investors happy etc... Just cause they've been doing great doesn't mean that they should continue giving as much stuff away as they have been.
In the end, it's a difference of a few $$ over the long life span of one's Mac, when HD has to be replaced! It's a gamble to see when that replacement takes place - before or after 3 Years of Apple Care! And that's assuming that the Mac is being treated well, and nothing else goes bad within 3 Years! So... Apple gets to be an Insurance Company, and base such decisions on their Statistics, which they don't have to disclose... If one doesn't agree, one can buy a Windows Machine and play with those Warranties, Parts, Repairs etc... I would never consider Windows... To me Mac is a Tool of Expression, an Appliance to get the job done! It's like car analogy! It supposed to get one from Point A to Point B!!! I am not looking to constantly spike specs on that "car" so that I can brag about it! And obviously I am not gonna build my own car/computer either!
Again, before all the complaints, let's give OWC a chance to dig into this further! And iFixIt is also welcome to Comment on this! If their Solutions are better than OWC's than they will Score a PR Victory over OWC and others... But the same works in reverse - if OWC proves that there is an issue, and documents where iFixIt is wrong on this topic, then OWC Scores a Victory!
In the end we'll all learn more than we know as of now! But, the bottom line is to use and enjoy our Macs, AAPL Stock Prices, Life.... All Computers, like cars and people eventually die... All we can really do is use them in good health, back up our data regularly [ Time Machine, SuperDuper Clone], and eventually transfer that data onto our next Mac...
Someone please let us know when OWC Updates their Blog http://blog.macsales.com/10146-apple...ons-on-new-ima
and let's take it from there...