Well I guess I'll be boycotting Apple 10075
The problem with that logic is that it presumes 2 things:
any other x86 system out there than the one Apple will offer.
Apple's chosing Intel over AMD blows a big gaping hole in that theory.
because they're cheap. Got news for you, have you checked the prices of high end AMD Athlon64 processors-mobos lately? They're *more* than the Intel equivelents today. If *anything*, AMD users can no longer be called "cheap". Yes, we push for as much bang-for-the-buck as we can, but I can guarantee you, we aren't "cheap".
Well I guess I'll be boycotting Apple 10076
Yes - the OS will be tailored for that specific set of hardware (Apple's hardware) rather than being kludged to work on all sorts of crap labels from all over the...
What Apple really isn't interested in is competing with x86 hardware vendors. The really *DUMB* thing about the move to x86 is that they don't HAVE to. The x86 hardware vendors would LOVE to get out from under M$ thumb. Apple, by making OS X run on *any* x86 box would have a drastic effect of seeing the x86 vendors improve their hardware *overnight* just to qualify their systems as being viable platforms worthy of a volume license agreement with Apple, and Apple's stock would rise with a bullet accordingly. Mr. "we build the best computers we possibly can" Jobs doesn't really want to do this because he *fears* non-existant compebreastion. There would be nothing to stop Apple from building their own x86 boxes as they see fit. If their boxes are going to be so superior, it should be readily apparent.
You want OS X you buy Apple.
If Apple's hardware can be shown to be as good as or better than *my* choice of x86 hardware, I will buy it. Not before then...
At this point, Apple is a Johnny-come-lately to x86. They have to *prove* to me their hardware solution will be better than the one I come up with, and that ATI and NVidia are going to be willing to support their entire range of products on x86 Macs, not just a select few. I'm going to have to see if Hauppage will support x86 Macs with drivers for the PVR tuner cards, and if Snapstream will support it with their software.
So then you're saying that the move to x86 won't *increase* Apple's market share then?
I must apologize... 10079
I work with the stuff, in its native environment, every day. It's C-R-A...