I thought I was done postin and then I read your post. You hit your target like a sharp shooter I have to add a few myself.
Originally posted by Joey
I guess if I start with all the reasons I have stood firmly by PCs and hated Macs... it would be something like this:
- Macs are way over priced
This is cetainly the perception with the desktop lines. It is in fact pretty accurate with repsect to the desktops. Which leads one to ask why if Apple can produce a competitive laptop it can't do the same for the desktop?
- Why in the world would you spend more money on a machine that can only run a tiny percentage of the software out there.
Actually I never ask this question. I've been running Linux for a few years now. The reality is if you have the software you need to pursue your interests you are all set.
The problem is many people are gamers and equate software with games for their PC's. This is a problem for both Apple and the Linux crowds if they intend to use their machines as gaiming devices. This has never been my intention so it is not a problem. It can however be for some people and they tend to over emphasis their conerns to others.
- Why would you spend more on a machine with performance specs far below an equally priced PC
This is a real concern. Laptop wise Apple use to do real good now it gets out performed in just abotu all categories of shipping hardware. If your budget is at all tight Apple is out of the question.
Frankly this is what has driven me to Linux. The other major PC OS was crap a few years ago, and the Mac was a very poor performer for the dollar invested (still is?). So a quick introduction to Linux sealed the fate of both MS and Apple. It helped of course that my college expereince was all one Unix hardware.
- All those annoying Mac people just annoy me..."Oh... buy a Mac because it's just better"... "Oh... I wasted my money on a Mac... so why shouldn't you?"
Funny thing is I have a lot of people come up to me and ask about computers and which ones they should buy. I often reccomend Macs as they represnet solid machinery for people who are not machinery people if you know what I mean. The last individual to come up to me want a reccomendation on a Dell, not a PC in general but a Dell. The first thing that comes to mind is why not go to a local vendor where you get a better deal for a store bought machine.
Nope can't do that wouldn't even consider. Further inquiry indicated that her son (older woman) owned a Power Mac G5 (envy setting in) so I suggested she look at the Mac line. Nope I want a Dell! Mind you not a PC but a Dell.
So I have to wonder is it all marketing. It often appears that way, direct exposure to Apple hardware does not lead to intersts in buying that hardware.
- I've lived with a person for years who constantly tells me how wonderful the Mac OS is (even before X)... how stable it is... how crappy Windows is. Ya just get sick of hearing about it after a while.
I often try to convince people of the elgance and stability of Linux relative to the ocmmercial offerings. People probally get sick of hearing it. On the other hand I don't even bother with people that don't have a clue.
Well... now, after less than a month of owning an iBook... I'm one of those people I used to complain about. I went with the iBook mostly to try out OS X (I wanted to get away from Windows... and I don't think most Linux distros are ready for prime time). I use my iBook as my exclusive notebook now. I still love my Sony Vaio 2.4GHz P4 notebook... it's just thick enough to rest my iBook on so I can use it comfortably when I'm on my couch.
I've often looked at the ibook, it certainly is a reasonably priced machine from Apple. The reason for the interest is that OS/x is a reasonable laptop alternative to getting Linux to run on portable hardware.
There is still an issue of viability though. When using Linux, or OS/X for that matter, to the fullest memeory becomes very valuable. The fact that Apple short changes its machines memory wise puts me off. I have a hard time trusitng a company that would purposely be sof far behind the times.
On the iBook the memory issue is a big problem as the base memory is soldered in. For a portable this is a good thing for reliability. It is however a marketing fiasco if the complement of soldered in memmory is two to three generations behind where it should be.
If the very reasonably priced iBook wasn't there... I would never have purchased a Mac. However... I got the iBook because it's a good value at that price. I don't think making a crap machine just to be in the low end market is something Apple should ever consider.
Here we go agian, suggesting that a low cost desktop machine would be a piece of crap. Using todays technology it should be mcuh better than the ibook and cost less. It is ot a question of building a crap machine it is a quesiton of building a cost competitive machine. If Apple can do so with a iBook there is nothing to keep them form doing it with a desktop.
Clearly yoou point out that value and price sells machines. This is what I've been concerned about for some time, Apple is loosing makret share relative to desktops due to their very high prices on outdate equipment. It is not about makeing a crap machine, it is about makeing a machine for a market that they are not even in! The fact that it is low cost does not mean it is crap any more than the iBook is crap because of its low cost.
The iBook is crap for much the same reasons as many other Apple machines. What you pay for the machine does not justify the very small base memory configuration. The iBook fortuantely does meet or exceeds a number of other qualifications which makes it a reasonable purchase for some. Apples desktop line misses in so many features that it is amazing that they sell at all.