[LINK] Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006
ivan.trundle at alia.org.au
Tue Jun 7 20:57:59 EST 2005
Comparisons are odious here: for example, I bought a multi-user
licence Office for Mac (education) for $199, with a $75 rebate, only
a month or so ago.
Also, last time I looked iBooks came with more software than you
could poke a stick at, including word processing and spreadsheet
(AppleWorks: much better than Microsoft Works). Further, iBooks have
firewire, and an OS that doesn't need upgrading at all (out-of-the-
box OS is just fine). And no need for anti-virus or malware tools.
And unix under the hood.
But this aside, I doubt that the move to Intel will make it any
easier to compare than it is today. Most users don't care what chips
drive the beast, so long as the job can be done. Oh yes, and that the
box will last. Most Mac users don't worry about machines getting out
of date - they only need to upgrade the OS if they are looking for
improved speed (to date, since the release of 10.x) - and even then,
this is hardly a burning issue.
It's the overall user experience that counts. Prices are all now so
comparable that this alone does not make the difference. Hopefully it
will encourage further competition to the point of making the user
experience better for all (and less work for the tech community).
My 2 cents worth.
On 07/06/2005, at 4:53 PM, Glen Turner wrote:
> Danny Yee wrote:
>> Glen Turner wrote:
>>> The question is if people will pay about $300 for that experience
>>> on the top of the price of a PC, now that it will be easier for
>>> consumers to compare IBM PC style laptops and Apple Mac laptops.
>> Are you guessing $300 on top of the price of a PC, or $300 on top of
>> the price of a PC running Windows? Windows XP Home appears to add
>> about $150 to PC prices.
> It was just my rough feeling where prices will end up. At
> this moment comparable laptops are:
> Dell Insipiron 510m
> 1.5GHz, 256MB, 15in XVGA, 30GB, CD-ROM, 802.11b/g
> $1,500 qty 1 edu
> Apple iBook G4
> 1.3GHz, 256MB, 14in XVGA, 60GB, DVD-ROM, 802.11b/g
> $1,850 qty 1 edu
> Today's cheapest laptop from each is:
> Dell Inspiron 2200
> 1.3GHz, 256MB, 15in XVGA, 30GB, DVD-ROM
> $1,200 qty 1 edu
> Apple iBook G4
> 1.2GHz, 256MB, 12in XVGA, 30GB, DVD-ROM, 802.11b/g
> $1,440 qty 1 edu
> Both include operating systems but not a word processor &
> spreadsheet. Microsoft RRP for Office Student & Teacher
> is $250 for both PC and Mac, but you can expect to pay
> $170 for PC and $240 for Mac.
> Mac OS upgrades cost about $200pa. For Windows you're
> looking at about $100pa, plus antivirus.
> There's still a lot of fat even in the PC figures, so
> god help them once the Chinese start making hadrware
> and Linux works well on laptops.
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