Apple's market share in europe has gone below zero, if such a thing is possible. The reasons:
-complete uninterest in anything outside USA
-very high prices (add a situation where the was well below the $; then increase the price in 18% -vat average)
-really poor performance
-nt2000 and ;XpPro running pro apps like speed demons on sub $900 wintel boxes.
Now if Apple has at last a competing machine, there's a long road to walk in europe to demonstrate and convince everyone "they're back" -kicking arses. An event MUST take place.
And why in Germany? Well, during the irak conflict Mr Bush had only 2 allies (from the first instances of the problem): UK and Spain.
Having GORE ("i invented internet" ;p) on board, you must kinda boicott the republicans, then the two aformentioned are discarded. So, the other reamining big countries left are Italy, France and Germany.
Frenchs have almost insulted yankees all along the conflict, so no way. Italy? ..too many vespas ?
No other choice but Germany.
anyway, dont take me too seriously. ;p