January 10, 2005

Do we want a cheap cheap Mac?

Lots of predictions of a new $500 Macintosh being announced tomorrow, and Cringely goes so far as to suggest that Apple should cut the price and lose $100 on each one to gain market share.

I'm certainly not the first to ask this, but why do we want more Macs out there? Sure, I wouldn't mind buying new desktops for $700, but other than that there's really not much lacking in my Mac experience. Mac OS X has ushered in a new era of Mac enthusiasm amongst the geeky, so even when major manufacturers don't support their products on the Mac, someone fills in the gaps with home-brewed software. And better than that are the dozens of indispensable freeware and shareware programs offered by dedicated Mac developers. The only decent argument I can think of for wanting more market share is to get more games developed.

One of the best parts about using Mac OS X is that it just works and your worries are few. I never contemplate viruses, my hardware and software are stable, and my three-year-old machine is plenty fast for my needs. The limited scope of the Mac world ensures that crappy products won't be tolerated, older machines will be supported, and virus writers will mostly ignore us.

Being a public company, I'm sure Apple has to do what they can to expand their market share. But let's not get too carried away here: being part of the elite few definitely has its privileges.

Posted at January 10, 2005 10:43 AM, Categories: Computing
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