Originally Posted by barcode71
Amazed at all the Apple bashing. If it wasn't for Apple most people wouldn't be able to buy Korean 27" IPS monitors on the cheap. If it wasn't for Apple we'd be still using Blackberry style smartphones.
Because of Apple, many PC hardware and peripherals, which stayed stagnant over the past decade, is now beginning push forward. A good example is monitor resolution. 27" - 30" IPS monitors stayed out of reach for a majority of people over the past decade and is now becoming more mainstream, more or less because of Apple, demand drove prices down.
So wrong it's not even funny.
Companies (ie. Microsoft) have had touch phone prototypes around for almost 20 years. Apple were NOT the creator of the smart phone, they were NOT the creator of the touch screen. In fact Apple have pretty much invented nothing. All they do is take an existing idea, apply it in a slightly different manner, grab a ridiculous patent for it, and then sell it at an extreme premium to the hordes of mindless zombies out there.
In regards to monitors and resolution; its only been in the last 3 or 4 years that we have even had GPU's genuinely capable of powering 1440p resolutions at decent frame rates. That has nothing to do with Apple. That has to do with technological advances that have been made because AMD and Nvidia have been pretty much equal over the past 3 - 4 years which has driven innovation in the GPU space and brought along decent advances in a rather short period of time. Another thing that should be mentioned that has revolutionised gaming over the past 6-7 years was Nvidia's G92 architecture and Intel's core CPU architecture. Again; these had nothing to do with Apple what-so-ever. Also in regards to monitors, the reasons why they are getting cheaper is because of advances that have been made in IPS panel technologies; again, nothing to do with Apple.
Also saying that Apple help drive prices down when the Mac Pro will be no less than $2800 is an oxymoron. I hardly see how you could possibly make a connection between Apple and driving down prices. If anything, they are one of the main reasons why prices are as high as they are; especially for phones and MP3 players. Apple charge a rather absurd markup for their products. If you were to strip down an Apple you would find that their markups are almost in the realms of criminal.....well at least they should be criminal! Case in point is the 64GB iPhone 4s which cost Apple $254
in parts and manufacturing costs but was sold at launch in Australia for a price of $999 (let's say ~$950USD for arguements sake). So that's a 274% markup over manufacturing and parts costs. So please tell me how you think Apple are the driving force of competition? Especially when they would try and sue a 3 year old for drawing a rectangle with rounded edges if they ever got the opportunity?Edited by Vengeance47 - 6/30/13 at 10:34pm