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A couple of things to think about
Authored by: hbp4c on Apr 18, '08 09:01:25PM

1) When a computer manufacturer controls which hardware is paired to it's software, the outcome is generally a better unit overall. With windows, one of the reasons it has been considered "unstable" for so long is the ungodly amount of hardware support that has to be built into the system, there are hooks for every single keyboard, many video cards, mountains of sound cards... and so on. With mac, there are maybe 15 video cards and 2 or 3 keyboards that have to be supported, meaning the OS has a much simpler job of keeping everything running smoothly. If a clone manufacturer comes in and starts producing hardware that apple did not design, the OS may or may not prove to be as reliable as it currently does on Mac hardware.

2) Currently apple is basically breaking even on software and making money on hardware sales. If we all begin to buy clones, the price of the OS upgrades will increase. While it's simple to say "well, we're saving hundreds on hardware" I'll still bet that we're going to complain when the OS comes with a $450 price tag (like windows).

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