Sultan of Swat
I'm just curious to know what your thoughts are on Apple as a whole. Do you like their products, is there certain things that you just refuse to buy?
Apple is not just a product, it is a brand. People buy into brands much more readily and will often do so despite better alternatives. If I were to buy "a product" I'd spend a few days researching what is the most suitable for me, I know of other people who would just walk to the Apple store.Scissorhands; said:They're just products.
Again it is to do with brand awareness. Apple has designed its brand to attract loyalty and that design will not suit everybody regardless of how good the product is.Scissorhands; said:don't understand why some people are like "Ugh, I will never buy an iPod or an iPhone!"
That's exactly what gets me as well. I mean really, I haven't had a single problem with Windows 7 and I really like the smooth and easy feel to it. The main difference between the two operating systems (other than layout and compatibility of course) was the difference between a 32 and a 64 bit OS which really made everyone think that Apple was just that much better because they were faster with the same hardware and had a whole lot less crashes and problems in general.Price and Branding - They're far too overpriced and their lack of customization is a real turn off. It doesn't mean I won't eventually own one but it will never be my primary machine in my home. Also, the Apple logo has become the most expensive part of the machine much like going into Abercrombie and buying a t-shirt that you know only cost them a max of $4 to produce yet the graphic on it thanks to the power of branding makes the t-shirt salable at $50. If Macs were to ever drop their prices, they would do what they've been trying to do for 20 years and that's replace Windows PCs as the dominant business machine due to their ease of use.
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