Originally Posted by TonyZ
Exactly. Which is why the hackintosh community flourishes. I love OSX but hate the over priced HW apple tries to drive down our throats.
Well, Apple would have to charge lots of money for the OS if they were to sell it the same way Microsoft sells it. Do you want that? Plus no support? A very small number of geeks would, but the majority doesn't.
Apple makes their product the way they do and they charge what they charge so they can stay in business. In case you haven't noticed, IBM, Compaq sold off their PC businesses because they couldn't make any profit. HP is looking to dump their PC business and Dell has probably considered doing the same thing. The PC clone business has little to no profits and a company cannot survive with a decent return on investment. Lenovo is barely making a profit as well.
These guys are working on only a couple of percent net profits when their shareholders wants considerably more.
You can't have high quality at a low cost. Those two paradigms can't exist together. You want quality? It costs money. You want a company that will stick around? They have to make a decent profit to reinvest in hiring people and spending more money in R&D.
The Hackintosh community isn't really flourishing from a standpoint that anyone is really making any decent money. It's categorized as illegal clone DIY consumers that act like they know what they are doing.
I think what Apple should have done is taken at least one or two well known, well connected people from the Audio Recording industry, Video Production Industry, Animation Studios, Architects, Professional Photographers, etc for each of the various markets they are going after to help them with figuring out what configurations, etc. and to help with the R&D of the product design. If you can please these people, then you'll have a winner on your hands.
I'm sure there are plenty of valid reasons why they didn't have PCI slots (because there are less requirements for them), only one CPU vs two, no hard drives cages, no optical and a form factor that looks like some strange time capsule. I'm sure some people won't mind the things it doesn't have, some can get what they need with third party and some will just limp along with what they have writing hate mail to Apple. I hope Apple has a backup design.
This kind of reminds me of the cylinder version of the Cube they came out with.