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Intel-based Mac mini

I'm somewhat disappointed by the Intel-based Apple Mac mini that was introduced on Tuesday. Out of my entire life, I had only owned a Mac notebook once. When Apple first introduced the original Mac mini for $499, I thought they finally hit the jackpot. Now they have something to compete with the $200 PC's that are available at Fry's. When Apple was ready to release the Intel-based Mac mini, I thought they might be able to compete even more by using the already inexpensive PC equipment. But when Apple introduced the Intel-based Mac mini for $599, my dream was shattered, because it has distanced itself from the low cost $200 PC arena, where I will be purchasing most of my computing needs (I already have three desktop computers and four notebooks in my possession running a variety of operating systems).

As I mentioned to a friend, there is still one way for Apple to redeem itself. And that is to make the Mac OS available on the PC. It's already Intel-based, so really, the only reason it won't run on just any PC is because Apple had embedded protection or logic to prevent it from running on a PC. Although some people have already circumvented the Mac OS to run on PC, I would like Apple to formally support it.

Why do I feel Apple should allow Mac OS to run on PC? If you look at the history of Microsoft DOS and Windows, Bill Gates had not succeeded by controlling PC hardware. He succeeded by distributing DOS and Windows to run whatever Intel platform is out here. He sold the operating system software to you, you run it on whatever PC you got at home or at work.

Today, when I buy a desktop or a notebook computer out there for $200 or $500, respectively, I can choose to install whatever operating system is out there (Windows XP, Linux, OS/2, DOS, etc.). Of course, OS/2 and DOS aren't truly an option today and Mac OS is definitely NOT an option (due to Apple's own decision). Today, I choose between Windows XP and Linux. And I have both running on various computers that I own. Now, if Apple allows Mac OS to run on a PC, then I would have a third choice. And the probability is rather high for me to run on Mac OS on any PC if Apple allowed it.

Of course, Apple might say, "You can today, by buying one of our low-priced Mac mini or an iBook." My response, "It's not gonna happen until you can provide a Mac mini for $200 and a iBook for $500."

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 2 Mar 2006 13:59:18 -0800

This won't happen. Apple is all about integration, and that won't work unless they have complete control of hardware and OS.

shrimp
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 11:03:36 -0800

I, for one, will never buy Apple hardware. It's extremely overpriced and underperforming. I can get a Pentium 4 2.6GHz system for $300. $600 mini runs at 1.5GHz, and the $800 runs at only .16GHz faster. The iMac and MacBook are even more expensive. I love OSX though, and I'll continue to use it on my fast PC, but I'll never buy Apple hardware until they come down very low in price.

Chris
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 12:51:01 -0800

"I can get a Pentium 4 2.6GHz system for $300. $600 mini runs at 1.5GHz"

Just because the hertz are higher, doesn't mean it's actually faster. There are many, many other factors in the full speed of a computer besides pure clock speed. Such as FSB, RAM speed, Hard Drive speed and the processor's cache memory.

"The power hungry hot running Pentium 4 did not suit laptops, and in March 2003 Intel overcame these difficulties with the successful Pentium M, which proved capable of matching the Pentium 4 on performance at much lower clock rates. In 2002 problems of overheating led Intel to abandon further development of its Pentium 4 experiment in high clock speeds, instead focussing its future plans on the Pentium M architecture which incorporated RISC techniques to the point that the distinction between this and CISC was now meaningless. The IBM G5 also proved unsuitable for laptops, and in 2005 Apple announced that over the following year Macintosh computers would switch to Intel CPUs descended from the Pentium M. "

From wikipedia's article: Hertz Myth

I work at IT at my university, and I've used many HP laptops. They feel slow compared to my measley 1.2Ghz iBook.

shrimp
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 16:34:05 -0800

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