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You must be a communist.
Authored by: fritz102 on Apr 22, '08 06:42:36PM
I assume, then, that you are a communist.

I don't mean that as an insult (it's certainly not intended as one). But putting the person before the company is distinctly a communist idea. Companies need to make money to innovate, and Apple does that by making rock-solid hardware and software that work together. Allowing clones would put a knife in Apple's business strategy. And if you like Macs as they currently are, that's a very bad thing.

Having solid integration between software and hardware is (basically) all that distinguishes a Mac. It's what enables neat features like Remote Disc in MBAs, plug-and-play-just-about-anything, and generally the ease-of-use and stability that a PC lacks. And if you can forgo such features, there already is a substitute. Windows. But the stability of a Mac is what sets it apart, and the sexiness of the hardware helps.

You say you overpay for the Apple name, but the Apple brand sets it apart from the PCs that, presumably, you dislike. Allow clones, and the importance of the Apple name disappears--but so do all of the advantages.

My point is this--you can't both have clones and expect the Apple experience. And if you remove the Apple experience, you might as well be using a PC.

Product distinction. It makes good, capitalistic sense. And as always, the consumer wins.

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