Originally Posted by paprochy
Are you insane? making OSX function on all PCs would cost millions of dollars years and years of work.
That's what a number of people were saying about OS X on Intel before it was released. And then SJ dropped the bomb and revealed that Apple had been secretly working on it all along.
OS X already works on PCs - they're just PCs manufactured by Apple. In many respects, if this is the transition in question, Apple has already done all the hard work.
There's no doubt that Mac OS on third party hardware would require some type of certification programme (you can see the mess that the hackintosh crowd get themselves into), but these certification programmes are (I should imagine) self-funding. There are already a number of third party manufacturers that say their products will work with Mac OS and their drivers don't cause too many problems for Apple. Printer manufacturers are a good example.
There are only a handful of processor manufacturers, and a handful of GPU chipset manufacturers, and chances are Apple are in bed with them already. They're probably already in bed with the soundcard manufacturers and everyone else for that matter.
Apple wouldn't have to offer Mac OS support for every single PC component out there they may even choose not to offer support for legacy hardware. Apple could set the bar high and stipulate which select PC components were certified, and build the base from there. They would just say 'right, from this point onwards if you want you products to work seamlessly with Mac OS it was to follow these guidelines.
I've always suspected that Boot Camp was a switcher app. Buy an Apple safe in the knowledge that it'll run Windows, but you know, feel free to tinker around with the Mac OS as well, and then you realise that the Mac OS is a better environment and you might switch completely.
Mac OS on third party hardware is simply taking this approach a step further.
I'm interested in two things:
1. the average profit that Apple makes on a boxed copy of Mac OS
2. the average profit that Dell makes on a cheapskate PC
Wouldn't it be great to be able to make money out of the cheapskate PC market without having to manufacture the hardware?
I'd also like to point out at this stage that I don't necessarily think that Mac OS on third party hardware is a good idea but I think it will appeal to the current mentality of Apple's board.