Ballmer takes another Jab at Apple

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by macfan881, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. macfan881 macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
  2. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    The only time he ever makes news is when he tries and bash Apple.
  3. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    I won't take an offense to that, but he does (as article says) forget to mention the difference in software...that can usually make a person switch despite the price difference.

    When you take a jab at Apple's pricing, do you really think Apple is going to respond with lower prices? That'd be like them bowing down...of course I'm in favor of lower and fairer prices, but Apple's not going to do it, they have their target market, and that's the high end customers. (I'm not saying their products are of the highest quality build, that has degraded with the rise of their market share)

    When Apple does come out with a netbook, it'll either be paralyzed running an iPhone OS, be favorably priced, or it will be a netbook totally out of it's normal price range (the Apple way of doing things, such as the MacBook Air).

    Then again, this is the same guy that said iPhones were an epic fail, so should we ever listen to him despite his status at Microsoft?
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
  5. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yeah pretty much. or making a monkey of himself
  6. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    Why doesn't he go and complain about the likes of Sony who also charge the same prices or even more than Apple, what about the new Adamo or whatever they heck they calling it, I guess that's also selling for 500 less? :rolleyes:
  7. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    Balmer an idiot, but this is not evidence of that. He likely right, the difference in price is more pronounced in a down market.
  8. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    Basic math... how can you pay $500 more for an ipod when most of the ipods (or all?) cost less than $500? Unless microsoft is paying people X to buy zunes, which wouldn't surprise me...

    He sort of has a point in that people are probably more likely to buy cheaper computers in the economy, but Apple certainly won't lose its regular customers over that. People who buy macs buy them because it's what they prefer, enough to pay the extra $500 or whatever.
  9. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Meanwhile, Dell profits plunge 48%...
  10. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
  11. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Beware, slight rant, if you read any part of this make sure its the last paragraph.

    Agreed. Ballmer doesn't seem to realise that Apple is doing better than its competitors in the recession.

    Secondly no Mac is comparable to a PC mini tower. Apple don't make a mini tower. Macs compare well to there PC counterparts, for example the iMac is cheaper than a PC all in one, a Mac Mini is cheaper than most Mini ITX systems, and a Mac Pro is cheaper than a Dell Xeon workstation (or at least used to be, we'll see come the end of March).

    Obviously it's Apple's fault that they don't make a mini tower (not that I care), so it is correct to compare an iMac to a Dell box, and yes the Dell box will come out cheaper, but to say you are paying $500 just for the brand is ludicrous.

    Apple has the best consumer customer support and the best reliability and the highest customer satisfaction in the business, that doesn't come from taking that extra $500 and lining shareholders pockets with it. That comes from investing it into R&D, into customer service and into marketing.
  12. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Not only, but I think he's just going about it the wrong way. If it were the iPhone then sure, but when it comes to the Mac, people are paying $500 for limited hardware.

    At least he says $500 more, instead of the horribly incorrect "Twice as much".
  13. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    Why can't I compare a iMac to a Dell desktop? The function is the same, they do the exact same things, and it is the closest thing in Apple's lineup offering even closely comparable hardware.

    The core function of the computer is the same whether you pay $550 for a Dell desktop (including a 22" monitor), or $1299 for a base model 20" iMac. The only thing the iMac has going for it is the all in one design, which while nice, is not a critical function of the computer, and not having it will not impact the computers ability to perform otherwise. These days it's a tough sell to people who have their budgets streched thin, to spend more money on a computer just so it looks nicer on their desk and has a few less wires, myself included. That's why when I needed two new computers for work, I didn't buy iMacs, I bought Dell desktops, and by doing so saved well over $1000 and ended up with superior machines.
  14. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    So I guess people are running to the Dells which are 500 dollars cheaper? :rolleyes:
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I've seen those pictures of him running on stage all sweaty, so when I see this thread title I am thinking he'd go down with a heart attack by the third round if he is in the ring shadow boxing by himself.
  16. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    A friend of mine who has used Macs for the past 10 years or so, and loved her iBook, couldn't be persuaded to buy another one earlier this year. Too expensive relative to the laptop she was offered by a UK department store, I think it was an HP. She's a journalist, just needs Word and a few other apps. Not interested in iLife or any other arguments.

    Lots of people are making similar decisions. Apple's loss.
  17. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Agreed. Put out a low cost desktop or laptop. 10'' netbook or a 17'' iMac

    Shouldn't be that hard!
  18. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    Apple takes cheap shots at MS all the time, why should this be treated any differently?
  19. skaertus macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2009
    Steve Ballmer has got a point here. Look at the recent iMac/Mac Mini update. After almost a year, the iMac has got basically the same processor again. The price went down a little, but not enough. Look at the MacBook. C'mon, US$ 1,600 for a P8600 with a 9400M? Sounds expensive, huh? OK, there's the aluminium unibody and the multi-touch trackpad, but is that stuff worth the premium price? Isn't raw performance more worth it?

    Yes, that's true. Steve Jobs has criticized Microsoft, and Apple always does some jokes with Microsoft products. Bill Gates even said good things about Apple products. Steve Ballmer is much more aggressive.
  20. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    As far as CEOs go, Bill was pretty relaxed about the whole thing. Though i guess that possible when you have more money that is possible to count. Ballmer is aggressive, and thats not something we are used to seeing from MS. Good for him though, he needs to change MS to avoid slap-happy Vista-esque ventures, and a good place to start is show that he isnt going to sit back while the competition makes petty insults all day long to fit in with the "cool" crowd.
  21. skaertus macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2009
    Well, Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs are not exactly poor guys. Jobs has around US$ 4 billion and Ballmer is worth a whooping US$ 15 billion. Is it possible to count so much money? :D

    I like Ballmer's spontaneous attitude. Why do people always criticize Microsoft and applaud the competition when they do the same stuff?
  22. iNikon macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Yeah, he's an idiot. Sure. I bet you're even smarter than him too.:rolleyes:
  23. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    Is the new Adamo's raw performance worth more?
  24. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    This guy is really off the wall. I am curious why he is so upset over Apple when Windows has 90%+ of the market? It points to internal problems and insecurities at Microsoft.

    Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it?
    ...has this guy actually used an Apple? Has he ever priced up PCs vs. Apples, when you load in all the software needed to make the thing run, be stable, virus free, and manage media? Did he ever factor in the man hours people waste working ON the PCs while Apple users are doing whatever they want to do?


    Maybe, just maybe design and software had something to do with it?
    Ya think?
  25. gollum macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2007
    Gee, maybe he should think about consumers paying more than double for an inferior operating system in this economy.
    It's not like M$ has ever been known for providing value for the money.

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