Apple Gains Market Share
"But, there is something else going on here that I am convinced bodes well for Apple and will be a problem for the PC vendors if they don�t figure out how to counter it. My son Ben does our research in the area of Gen X and Gen Y users and he was talking to kids at his alma mater recently and they told him that over half of the kids at this private college were Mac users."
"I was talking to a very senior exec at a major PC company recently and he complained that all his teen age son wants is a Mac, even though he has access to PC�s up the wazoo."
..."it would not surprise me if Apple can get to as much as 10-12% of the total market and break into the top 3 PC vendors over the next five years as more and more Gen X and Gen Y users buy Mac�s and influence the purchases of their parents and grandparents and drive them to Apple products as well."
With 31 billion and 0 debt, Microsoft will just keep refining the Zune. It'll probably never displace the iPod, but ask Sony what Microsoft can do to your bottom line when they have a point to make. If the Zune is good enough to force Apple to compete on price, Apple loses, even if Micrsoft loses.
Hands on: Apple's new Xserve -- now with with dual-core Xeon goodness
Design, performance improvements will make data center managers happy
by Yuval Kossovsky, Computerworld
In summary, I think the new Xserve should deliver on all of the performance improvements expected in Apple's move to an Intel Xeon dual-core processor, plus some incredible storage options. Data center managers will be pleased to know that they can integrate the Xserve into their standard monitoring packages and be confident of reliability with redundant power supplies. The hands-on server folk will appreciate the new quick rack feature, which simplifies rack mounting and eliminates cage nuts forever. And if they're like me, they will love that pull out ID card!
From PC Adviser:
The second-generation nano feels and looks great, with a rugged aluminium finish and bright display. Add the vastly improved battery, high-quality recording and search functions, and you've found this Christmas's must-have purchase."
From the Dell Board:
The end of the MSFT OS box is near. How much will Michael [Dell] pay for an OS X license?
"After seeing how well equipped the updated Macbook Pros are I decided to go and compare them to comparable Dell machines. To my pleasant surprise the Macs are substantially cheaper," Sean Balsiger reports for Newsvine.
"I took a quick look at the Dell store and found the Dell Precision line to be closest to the Macbook Pro line. It is their high-end line of notebooks. I started out with the basic 15.4 inch model and upgraded the Dell to match the standard features [of] the Macbook Pro," Balsiger reports. "Final Price - Apple: $1,999, Dell: $2,874."
"This brings us to the comparison of the 17 inch models," Balsiger reports. "Final Price - Apple: $2,799, Dell: $4,142."
Balsiger writes, "The myth that Apple computers are more expensive than PCs need to end. They have proven that they are committed to selling well-equipped computers at reasonable prices. Now people just need to take the time to compare the systems and realize that with a Mac they are getting a better computer at a better price with a better operating system, and if they don't like Mac OS X they are still better off to spend hundreds of dollars less and buy a copy of Windows for their Mac. Is there really a reason to stay on PCs anymore?"
$2800 for a Dell notebook? I don't know a single person who spends anywhere near that much on a Dell, much less $4000+
That's what you Mac guys don't seem to get. I have a Dell notebook that's blazingly fast for everyday use, Core 2 Duo processor, 15.4" screen, 1 gig of RAM, 100 gig hard drive, DVD RW drive, etc. It cost $600. Apple makes nothing close to it...for twice the price. You know why? Because there is no competition in the Apple hardware market. You want a Macbook, you pay what Apple says you pay or you don't get one.
Reminds me of ~15 years ago when a relative went away to school. All she wanted was a mac SI.
Funny thing happened when she graduated. Her first, and every job since has been PC based.