Originally Posted by hiimamac
Look, if Apple can run windows is then an end user should be able to out the os on any hardware they want. In fact, this day will come, not if, but when. Apple OS is already becoming a commondity. I remember saying one day it would be in x86 and got laughed out but it happened didn't it.
With regard to osx86, they have come a long way and I know many people that got a real mac after tweaking the kext, plist and device to get the gpu to work but those days are long gone. In fact, I was just there a few weeks ago and these days, all you need to do is download this tiny efi emulator and use any OS X disk, and you're done. Including updates. No more tedious hacking required. And had machines are just as stable. Further, it's hard to justify $3000, after taxes, when you can build a raid machine, i7 for 1/4th the price not to mention any GPU you desire. It's very, very cost effective, especially fir media, audio, rendering and now, the end user can download the updates. It's getting harder for Apple, not easier, to control how the OS is used. Personally, if apple sold the OS,and iLife as seperate components with a reasonable display price, they would gain a huge market share motto mention all the new Apple only apps. All they would have to do in order to make up fir lost revenue hardware sales, is this combined with a percentage if the developers apps pricing. If Apple starts manipulating hardware prices, ala $999 MBAir, and gets ready for a netbook, this could become more reality than fiction. Apple then reduces prices, still making a decent margin, but more mainstream in price but better hardware. Or packaging.
If Apple moves into the TV business, then this is happening sooner as all if Apples money will be iTunes, iPhone, TVA, apps, 35% os marketshare plus almost tripple hardware sales but 1/3 lower priced. So a mbp sells for $1200 but 3 x more. This is a great business model where Apple could really dominate, especially getting into and controlling the cloud and app store markets, only now, the apps store includes 1000's if new programs while still giving the user an experince. Plus all the millions in licensing fees they would receive from Dell, HP, the stock would reach $500 in a few years. The premium experience would still exist, just at a lower price point. This really should be a no brained plus real mac enthusiasts, still win with more affordable devices. The only thing lost us the snobbery which is sort of to e now anyway as the creatives, audio, video, arestill there, but not catered to nearly as much as the barking dog, louis vatton iLife "how to I do an email attachment" one to one crowd. LOL.
Exactly how much blow did you do before you typed this up? It is fundamentally impossible to portend your users with the same premium experience they have now while dealing with OEMs.
To begin with, you have to code for every piece of hardware under the sun and, to say the least, that results in a monstrous amount of bloat. Then, you have to continue to support these overblow amounts of hardware for atleast a decade and a half, which results in more bloat.
Next, you have to deal with OEMs that have an entirely different strategy in terms of their hardware than you do with your software. You wanna implement a new feature hardware wise and then have to force each one down the line to adapt what they may or may not see as bad for their bottom line. These same OEMs will attempt to make your system cheaper by filling it with difficult to remove adware, the most annoying of which will be a trial for Norton anti-virus, a piece of software that any Mac user with half a brain doesn't need.
Next, these OEMs will try to appeal to the basic market by putting your software on hardware that's entirely underpowered to use it. This hardware will be as ugly to look at as it is slow to use. These OEMs will also shun your built-in software because 1) the EU will call it anti-competitive and 2) they will get more money from allowing third party software onto the system.
Finally, these OEMs will eat into your hardware sales substantially, as they continue to sacrifice quality simply to meet a price point, which will make your otherwise reasonably priced wares seem egregious.
This is not to mention the fact that all of the retarded masses that believe Macs have compatibility issues with Windows will continue to stick with that system and its already developed business user community, who will, of course, start a whisper campaign against this new threat.
The only thing opening up OS X to other hardware would do is kill quality and customer service in order to turn OS X into just another Windows. If creating a premium experience is so friggin' easy in a multi-vendor solution, why the hell has Microsoft never once been able to do it?
Don't ever call OS X a commodity ever again.