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My big issue with Apple is that they hurt their own potential worth this way. yes, charging MASSIVELY over value for their hardware is making them money (a grand for 2 gigs of ram and a 13 inch screen? lawl) But also that they could be a BIGGER COMPANY if they started licensing out the software instead. Imagine what a contract with HP or Toshiba would do for Apple's profit margins. Instead of having to produce the actual laptop and then sell it with software and all, they can just give the manufacturers license to install and charge them for every license key. Cost nose dives, while profits stay the same or go up (my theory at least). They could serve their customers better by not hardware locking the OS like that, but they opt not too.

Also hate their GUI, that always annoyed me, and the immense lack of expandability (since the desktop Macs are just a screen with the computer behind it, and even can require a proprietary tool just to open it) REALLY gets at me as a tech.
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My big issue with Apple is that they hurt their own potential worth this way. yes, charging MASSIVELY over value for their hardware is making them money (a grand for 2 gigs of ram and a 13 inch screen? lawl) But also that they could be a BIGGER COMPANY if they started licensing out the software instead. Imagine what a contract with HP or Toshiba would do for Apple's profit margins. Instead of having to produce the actual laptop and then sell it with software and all, they can just give the manufacturers license to install and charge them for every license key. Cost nose dives, while profits stay the same or go up (my theory at least). They could serve their customers better by not hardware locking the OS like that, but they opt not too.

Also hate their GUI, that always annoyed me, and the immense lack of expandability (since the desktop Macs are just a screen with the computer behind it, and even can require a proprietary tool just to open it) REALLY gets at me as a tech.
But the beauty of a Mac is that it is not a PC.

They do what they want, and since they control very tightly what goes in their machines, they can choose parts that perform well, and are wonderfully compatible.

Jobs has stated many times that Apple is a hardware company, and wil not sell their software to OEM's or system builders.
    
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But the beauty of a Mac is that it is not a PC.
But a Mac is a PC. Last time I checked PC stands for personal computer/computing and that's exactly what a Mac does. I could see Apple's argument for not being a PC when they ran PowerPC processors, but ever since the switch to Intel the only option that sets them off is EFI instead of a BIOS. That is why I find the "Mac is not a PC argument" to be invalid.

I can understand Apple not wanting to openly distribute OS X to other hardware OEM's. Apple strictly designs their software to run on their hardware, and as a company they can support that and be relatively confident that their OS will work on Apple/Mac branded hardware. If OS X became legally available to run on various hardware then Apple would have to completely restructure support as they would have to test OS X installs on various hardware configurations and undergo a huge cost. The other main issue is that the majority of mainboards lack EFI which is a primary hurdle that has been semi-cure with "patches" that I doubt Apple would be unwilling to support.

I own a MBP and am no way a Mac fanboy. I enjoy OS X for some things that I think it does remarkably well at doing, while certain tasks are severely flawed.

I could see Apple opening their software to OEM's in the future but I don't think that time is now. They have gained tremendous market share over the years and I don't think the company is in a huge rush to over-expand due to higher operating costs and uncertain operation forecasts.
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