"Fans wish Apple would devote itself to software"

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  1. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    From an article about iTunes for Windows in today's Salon.com:

    my question: which fans, exactly?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The ones who bitch and moan about the hardware. The ones who want OSX for x86 (and not on Apple x86 either). Not the people who actually buy Apple products!
     
  3. scem0 macrumors 604

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    certainly not me...

    I think apple hardware is amazing, even if it is increadibly expensive, and it is a part of defining who and what apple is. Without hardware I would imagine apple being a very Macromedia-esque company. How many Macromedia Fans are there, that are totally consumed in their love for Macromedia? Certainly not many.

    Hardware is a part of apple, it is what sets them apart from other companies. For apple to quit making hardware, would be the death of apple's community IMO.

    I certainly wouldnt come to this site anymore if apple was only releasing software.

    scem0
     
  4. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    then i wouldn't either.



    yeah, apple's integration between the two is really the key. without that, who knows what will happen. lots more problems a la itunes for windows..
     
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I sure as hell don't want Apple as just a software only company. I'm thinking the article was written by a PC user making a false claim that "fans" want Apple to do software when really it was another comment on how PC users don't want Macs to be around.
     
  6. hobbes3113 macrumors regular

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    I would have to agree, I don't know of ANY Mac users that want Apple to stop producing hardware.
     
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    Devote itself to software?!

    no way...

    Apple has enough trouble keeping up on its hardware, anything else that could potentially prevent it from moving faster would be terrible.

    Leave the software to the makers of software, and the hardware to those who make hardware. ;)
     
  8. sonofslim thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i forget where i read the following -- it was a few months ago -- but someone, somewhere, said to the effect that Apple is essentially a hardware company that has to put out a killer OS in order to showcase its hardware.

    which is a nice point, if you take it to mean that the fundamental difference between Apple and Microsoft is that one makes hardware and one makes an operating system.

    on the other hand, it sort of diminishes the significance of the mac OS; i like jelloshot's comment about integration. i think the magic happens because Apple makes computers; not hardware, not operating systems, but the whole shebang.
     
  9. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    It's like Sega to a lesser extent...I liked buying a Sega system, I liked the experience of powering up my Genesis or my Dreamcast to play Sonic. After they stepped away from hardware and now you can play Sonic on a Nintendo system, I simply stopped being a Sega fan. I just cannot see myself ever playing Sonic on a Nintendo...just like I would never use OS X on a Dell.
     
  10. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816

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    What crack was that person smoking? Apple is defined by uts hardware. Look at the iPod, the iMac, the PowerBook, the PowerMac. These are the best computers ever made. It's because of these that Apple is still around. I wouldn't have gone off to work for them if they were only making iPhoto and Sherlock.
     
  11. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    And don't forget, apple began as a hardware company. What kind of sense would it make for apple to stop making hardware and just make software? Thats like saying microsoft should forget about making windows (ok, not an altogether bad idea ;) ) and just focus on some kind of hardware
     
  12. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Microsoft should leave the software business and focus on optical mice. ;) :p
     
  13. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    there ya have it. from a fan, no less. let's go start spreading the news in PC forums that fans want ms to only make mice. let the rumors begin!
     
  14. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I would not want to see Apple just focus on software. We need the hardware that Apple produces to showcase the software. In this way we get to enjoy great compatability.
     
  15. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    Perfectly said wdlove, do you think Mac OS X would be as stable if it had to work for thousands of hardware configs? It most likely would be in the same boat as windows is.
     
  16. jefhatfield Retired

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    long run vs short run

    for the time being, it makes sense for apple to make hardware since they still can make a profit despite being a rather small company...but if hardware prices fall too far, it will be hard for apple to make any money in this sector

    in the early days of PCs, a lot of smaller companies did just fine, but when overall hardware prices fell, the only companies that could still make hardware were those that could buy in extreme quantities and today the field is pared down to just of few mega giants that dominate the industry

    when it becomes financially ridiculous to compete in the computer hardware sector, then apple inc can always fall back on software...bill gates of microsoft decided a long time ago that the high margin of profit in software made it the better long term solution...in the pre microsoft corporation days, gates and paul allen decided that the operating system in the traf of data product they produced could really be the money maker more than the hardware part of the product

    where nobody else thought of software as a viable stand alone product, bill gates used this to his advantage and scooped up all the software rights to the machines and hardware other companies were producing...so at forty dollars a pop for a copy of windows, the hardware companies are under bill's thumb...if apple had thought of the software only solution first, the two steves would be the richest men on earth, not bill gates and paul allen...this led steve jobs to say, after he was fired from apple, "my biggest mistake was not realizing that apple was a software company first"...what really makes a mac a mac (in the overall experience) is the operating system and it's relatively trouble free use and user friendly interface

    overall, i hope apple makes hardware and software in one seamless package for years to come
     
  17. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I doubt that falling hardware prices will be as bad to Apple as it was to other PC makers. There is only one company you can get a Macintosh from, so even if a Windows PC is $500, I'd still pay twice as much for the equivalent Macintosh.
     
  18. jefhatfield Retired

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    hey, me too

    but according to current computer industry hardware trends, what will you do when a PC computer, let's say running at 12 ghz with several gigs of RAM, is under a hundred bucks? why would apple make hardware then?...what financial incentive would there be for them to do that with minimal profit, if any, for hardware? i have already seen new PCs at $399 and even 299...and it wasn't too long ago that any machine under one thousand dollars was inconceivable
     
  19. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but Macs have fallen in price, too, and Apple is still making a good profit on them. You can get an iBook for quite a bit under $1000 when a few years ago, getting an Apple laptop would set you back a good $3000 regardless of model. Hardware prices are also falling, which means that Apple can get their hands on hardware for cheaper to design and build their computers with, which lowers cost so when they price them for lower, they can still maintain a profit margin. As far as $300 computers go, I doubt that many Mac users would pass up a $1000 Mac in favor of a $300 PC, anyway. When you buy a Mac, you already understand it will cost more, but it will be worth that extra cost, so it is more acceptable than if you were shopping for a PC and the $300 eMachines looks just as good on paper as the $700 Dell does.
     
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    yes, as current mac users, we know the extra cost is worth it

    but as PCs fall faster in pricing as it is now, new computer users will be drawn to PCs as the relative gap widers in the the price differential

    apple's small size will be such a disadvantage to volume discounts compared to a dell or hp-compaq that the disparity in PC price to mac price will only get worse at times goes on...the mac faithful who know the difference will stay at a steady number, but as the population grows and more people are introduced into the world of computing, the PC side will add to their already commanding market share

    apple inc, through basic macroeconomic priciples, can be forced out of the hardware field...but at least apple inc can always sell software and enjoy the high margin of profit...i also assume apple would then dive into the digital media arts realm more in software titles

    in the end, apple is a business and should only do things is it yields them a profit
     
  21. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I don't think the price puts off that many people, though. When I became a switcher, I was deciding between a $2000 Dell PIII or a $3000 PowerBook G3. I had never used a Mac in my life besides for about 2 minutes in CompUSA when I wandered into the Apple section by mistake. It was a $1000 difference, but my dad said it was okay because I had replaced me Compaq laptop 3 times before we got fed up and demanded CompUSA for out money back and I wanted something better. To be fair, I looked at other P4 and Centrino laptops before I decided to stick with Apple while waiting for 6 months for the new 15" PowerBooks. Again, I could have gone for cheaper, but I went with Apple, instead. My roommate is thinking about it now, too, as he has had nothing but problems with his new HP laptop...sure, the cost is greater, but something there are more things to look at than just initial cost.
     
  22. jefhatfield Retired

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    we just have to convince new users of this:p
     
  23. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps, but I bet there are more like me. I was a hardcore user and would make Mac jokes with my friends often...that is, until I actually used one. People are becoming more exposed to Apple with the iPod, the new G5 making a big splash, seeing new colorful ads, and now iTunes on Windows. I am sure many more are starting to see there is another company out there and they don't do windows...and for those who don't switch, there will always be the hardcore Mac fans that would never hesitate to buy another Mac, despite a higher price premium. Either way, I see Apple being able to stay in the hardware business for a good long time.
     
  24. jefhatfield Retired

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    for product loyalty, i am into macs, of course...and rockport shoes from the discount rockport outlets

    i like my volvo so much that i think i will get another...that is, if i live that long since those things never die...my dad's volvo, bought in '75, still works like a charm, especially since he sold it to a volvo mechanic recently...then he got a used 87 and crashed it immediately and replaced it with a new looking 95

    i like fender guitars but over the years, i sometimes bought another brand just for a change of pace but still have had tons of fender guitars over the last twenty years

    so in my life, i have basically had 3 macs...the one i used for college that my dad had which was a performa 600, then a mac clone which was a powertowerpro 180, and then my ibook, and most lately a dual G4

    but before that, i used my dad's apple II+ and apple IIe...for most people, i think once you discover apple inc, there is no other company that will come before that (oh, as for rockport shoes, i have had two walkers and one "roc" by rockport..;) )

    some people are brand loyalists and i am if i lke the product and the service behind it...if the service sucks, i don't care how good the product is...when i got my ibook in '99, apple had some well known "issues" with their service department but i have heard they have remedied those problems for the most part
     
  25. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty big on brand loyalty, too. I used to have nothing but Sony electronics...until they started nose diving in quality. Now, I am pretty big on Samsung tvs, Pioneer and Yamaha for audio, and Infinity for speakers. As far as computers, I am pretty dedicated to Apple since I have had nothing but great experience with them, but I'd have to lean towards IBM if I were to need a PC. When it comes to brand, quality, and overall best experience, sometimes price just isn't as big of a factor.
     

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