Originally Posted by NasserAE
I think this shows the underlying desire by many to make money off Apples success
And why do you think these companies think they can make money off Apple's success? Root cause analysis = they think that(and I quote bandalay),"It shows an underlying desire by a larger and larger segment of the population to have the Apple experience without paying for Apple hardware. The halo works."
Originally Posted by godrifle
...a midrange tower and I *swear* I won't buy a competitor's hardware. I *like* your hardware. I just want something I can upgrade that doesn't cost a bazillion dollars.
Unfortunately Apple only wants your business if you settle for what they know is best for you.
Originally Posted by Bowser
Doesn't mean they won't start doing with their next hardware revision... I'll bet they do in fact. It wouldn't be that hard to do; all they need is a chip that has hardware info hardcoded on it with serial number, model, etc. Then they add a simple checking routine into the OS X installer; no chip on the MB, no installation occurs.
I agree with other posters here though... this is nothing more than carpet baggers trying to leech off of Apple's success.
So, they tell all the previous buyers of Apple hardware, sorry but you can not upgrade to our new Mac OS because we're tired of all the people that want our software but not our hardware. I doubt that will go over well at all. Between the lack of an xMac, the elimination of firewire on the MacBook and glossy screens there already are a bunch of disgruntled users.
Originally Posted by hombrephaty
I (and many others) have been clamoring for a lower-cost Mac tower for... oh... only 15 years now.
C'mon, Steve. Don't blow your chance at market share (for the hundredth time)
It will never happen, it is just totally against Apple's vision of a consumer computing appliance world.
Originally Posted by Adjei
So I guess this low cost tower is what is supposed to help Apple shoot up their marketshare and overtake Microsoft?
No one but you have said this. The rest of the posts have been restricted to what people need or believe they need in a computer.
Originally Posted by stokessd
I think they already have. Check out the new displayport adapter with it's DRM. What is to stop apple from using that chip as the key to the kingdom? No apple DRM chip, no play. The only wrench in those works, is all the legacy computers that they still support. But that means in 3 years, this problem goes away when support for older models rolls off.
According to this so much for any arguments that Apple computers have a longer useful service life.
Apple by their recent actions have put themselves in a very crappy situation. Yes, there is a desire for an xMac, firewire and matte screens. If Apple implements draconian restrictions of upgrading to newer Mac OSes they will piss off millions of consumers.
Yes they are capturing market share and mind share, but it is never good to anger your userbase, ultimately pissing off your stock holders. Trouble is, I doubt Apple cares, it is their culture to know what is best for consumers and quite often they are absolutely correct.
Will I ever build or buy a hackintosh, no. I also believe there aren't a whole heck of a lot of consumers that would. And the number of consumers that would build or buy a hackintosh wouldn't affect Apple's bottom line one bit. What could affect their bottom line is the uproar over extrodinary measures to protect their walled garden.