Originally Posted by extremeskater
I will agree with you it has nothing to do with Apples business model and everything to do with SJ being a control freak. In fact Apples board wanted to market the OS to everyone years ago and SJ put the veto on that.
And with good reasons. Apple licensed out their OS back in the 90's and saw their market share go from about 15% (US) to below 3%(US). The first thing Jobs did when he got back control of Apple in 1998 was to end their license agreement with the Mac clones makers. And in 10 years Apple is once again nearing double digit market share (US).
Freedom to do with as you wish? You mean like Linux?
Its funny how Mac users, use more freeware then any other group but want to hold onto control of their OS for dear life.
By "freeware" do you mean software that the authors allow computer users to use for free. Or do you mean "freeware" as the pirated copy of Windows (In the form of 3.1, 95,98,ME,2000 or XP. Vista isn't worth pirating
) or MS Office that every PC owner I know have installed on their PC at one time or another?
Apple can not use the "our hardware is special" anymore that went away the day they went to intel, nvidia, ati and are now using all the same hardware as everyone else. There is nothing special about Apple hardware.
Apple had always use the same internal hardware as everyone else. The only difference was the processor. It's just that no one notice until they switched to an Intel processor. My old G4 Power Mac has internal hardware made by Adaptec, ATI, Sony, Lucent and Seagate.
Well except for the about to fail mini display port. Yeah that was a great idea. Also if any of you guys need a firewire port I have three on my Velocity Micro system.
And I bet you were one of them that was criticizing Apple for putting in Firewire port on their computers in the first place. Unless you got the Pismo laptop (2000) which had both Firewire and SCSI, Apple slowly did away with SCSI on their computers and replaced it with Firewire. If Apple didn't forge ahead with Firewire you wouldn't have any Firewire ports on your PC.
Your just the typical fanboy thinking somehow Apple is elite. It isn't.
Also as far as a business model.
Apple users have been screaming give us the option of matte, everything going glossy
Give us Blu ray. Yeah good luck.
Mid tower that can be upgraded. Pipe dream, SJ doesn't trust you to upgrade he wants you to share his dream and only his dream. Or is that delusion.
In the 10 years that Jobs been in charge of Apple, Apple has manage to exceed (at one time at least
) the market cap of Dell, HP, IBM. Cisco, Oracle and Disney. And their US market share has risen from under 3% to nearly 10%. Not bad for a company that most said wouldn't make it past the century. And all this without marketing a mid price mini tower. No delusion here, Just reality. (Though maybe a little distorted for some.
By the way did I mention the new mini display port. Yeah that was a good idea, HDMI is over rated anyways. You know the rest or the world only uses that silly stuff like DVI and HDMI.
The more I look at this they better market their OS to the rest of the world doesnt look llike the hardware is going in the right direction.
And guess what? A mini display port can output DVI, VGA and HDMI. All you need is an adapter. (DVI and VGA adapter are already available from Apple and third party.) But really, the mini display port is meant to output to a second monitor. Not to an HDTV. And most monitor has either VGA or DVI. So Apple is covered. And since Apple laptops only have a DVD player (no BluRay yet.), who's going to use the laptop as a DVD player for an HDTV. Most people with TV's already have a DVD player hooked up to it.
And HDMI is over rated. It's nothing but DVI with sound (up to full 7.1 surround). But what monitor or HDTV have built in surround sound. Most have stereo if they have any built in speakers at all. To get the full surround you need to plug the HDMI into a surround receiver and then output the video from the receiver to the HDTV (or monitor). Usually by way of composite, component, VGA or S-video. And hi end receivers will have the DVI and HDMI outputs. You can accomplish the same by plugging your HDTV (or monitor) to a DVI port (or mini display with adapter) and your receiver to the audio port. (Or using an HDMI cable that has the audio split from it by way of RCA plug.) But if your monitor has a display port, you won't need to plug into the audio port.
Edit-My mistake. I thought my Apple "Pismo" laptop had SCSI. but it doesn't. The Apple laptop that preceded it, "Lombard", had SCSI but no Firewire. The "Pismo" replaced SCSI with Firewire in 2000.