Iâ€™m a Windows / Linux user. I use x86 PCs since I was 9 years old and my experience with a Mac is almost null. Iâ€™ve spent a few hours fiddling with a friendâ€™s iBook, but thatâ€™s it, I possess no product built by Apple. I almost bought an iPod, but the PSP was a better choice for what I was looking for. But letâ€™s go back to the main subject: Mac computers.
I was having a nice geek chat with a good friend of mine, with a similar background in what concerns computer experience, and I told him about Macbooks and Mac computers in general and how they could change the market in the near future. He asked me joking â€œWhy a Mac? Macs are for designers and metrosexuals!â€ I told him about all the advantages of MacOSX over Windows, that Mac OSX itâ€™s based on FreeBSD, yada yada yada, the full works. â€œThen if itâ€™s so good why donâ€™t you switch to Mac? Ouch! $2000?!â€ he said, while looking at the Apple Store website. â€œYou can get a powerful laptop for $1000 / $1500 and run all the apps you are used to run on your PC. Plus games!â€
But the price is only one of the many turnoffs when youâ€™re thinking about buying a Mac, or any other Apple product for what it matters.
With the newly arrived Macbooks, the prices of the old Macs are dropping but still not near the prices of Intel / AMD laptops. And as for the Macbooks, thereâ€™s a pretty good inconsistency concerning the specs. In Portugal, Fnac is announcing they will be selling Macbooks at 1.67 Ghz and 1.83 Ghz costing 2.176â‚¬ and 2.711â‚¬. If you go to the Apple Store website you get 1.83Ghz and 2Ghz Macbooks for $1.999 and $2.499.
Apple announced Tuesday that the first shipments of the MacBook Pro will ship this week and quietly updated the speed of the laptop before the first systems had even arrived in customer hands. The low-end 1.67GHz Core Duo model has been replaced with a 1.83GHz system for the price of $1,999, while the higher end $2,499 model now packs a 2.0GHz Core Duo processor, up from 1.83GHz.
Additionally, a $300 build-to-order option on the high-end system boosts the processor speed to 2.16GHz.
And these are only 15 inch models, how about when the 17 inch models are announced? This isnâ€™t good for users who are thinking about upgrading their Macs, much more for users who are thinking about switching to Mac. Apple only bets in its, lets call it, legion of fans, and since the “Switch” campaign there’s no interest from Apple to lure the PC user to the “dark side”.
Nowadays, Apple is working like Nintendo, releasing each year a new substitution product for the one you have, turning its commercial value almost null and this is happening with computers as well with the iPods. Rumor has it that a new video iPod with a bigger screen and sensible to touch will be available soon, the true Video iPod. I can almost imagine Steve Jobs holding it on his hands and saying â€œThis is the true video iPod! Forget all the other iPods, this one has (insert new features here)!â€ And the 400â‚¬ you spent on your video iPod suddenly seem like the worst spent money in your entire life.
But still, I want a Mac. Why? Because I believe that soon something will change about Windows. People are buying more and more consoles, PC gaming will be dead in the next years if the GPUs prices donâ€™t drop. People wonâ€™t continue to spend 500â‚¬ in a GPU just to play the latest Doom or Quake iteration, after spending 1000â‚¬ or more in a PC when they can buy a console for 300â‚¬ or less. Strip a windows PC from the ability to play decent games and the Mac wins, fair and square. Vista wonâ€™t change this. Vistaâ€™s new features are mostly ripped off from the Mac OSX and other available software and I donâ€™t believe that Microsoft can make a product without security flaws or without being intrusive on my privacy.
So, itâ€™s this the right time to buy a Mac? No. I but still want one.
[tags]Apple, Windows, PC, x86, Intel, Machintosh, Macbook, iPod, Switch[/tags]