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Authored by: ihelp-mac on Nov 16, '06 03:08:51PM

How about this?

How long till Apple licences out OSX to run on generic Intel PC's?

100 million unhappy, virus-infected PC users might want to know... :-)

At around (hypothetically) $300.xx bunded with an OEM copy of Win.XP,
that'd be THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS of instant cash-revenue to Apple
---the stockholders will say this is a WONDERFUL idea, financially....

---How long until Apple licenses OSX out to run natively on generic Intel hardware?:
• At Macworld 2007
• Coincident with official release of "Leopard"
• Ahead of release of Windows "Vista"
• Coincident with release of "Vista"
• One Year
• Two Years
• Three Years
• Maybe Someday
• Never

Hardware Implications, if Apple licenses OSX onto generic PC's:
• No impact on Apple hardware--we have the design/quality people want
• Apple goes "upscale"--a "Rolls Royce" build-to-order rich option...
• Apple stops development of CPU hardware and focuses on "rich media" for "home theatre" set-top environments.

David A. Lewis

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Authored by: lionel77 on Nov 16, '06 05:56:06PM

I can't believe people still have the nerve to suggest this. I don't think there is a single Mac related web page where the "Apple would be so much more successful if they sold OS X for generic PCs" myth has not been debunked.

The two main reasons why this is A Bad Idea™ are:
- hugely increased development and testing costs for supporting a shitload of hardware configurations (some of very low quality)
- Apple would lose more profit in hardware sales than they would make through the additional OS licenses (even if the mac market share would tripple or so)

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