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Why are Apple computers more expensive than other computers?

Is it because they are better?
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  • What have you been under a rock? We've been able to right click for a long time now. Desktops AND laptops.
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  • Yeah, but your mouse doesn't allow you to. At least, not until you change your system settings. I thought the right click had been around for years. Oh well, like most things Apple, I guess you guys are years behind.
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  • Now, as a final comment i will leave to those who see fit to start calling me out based on my initial comment:

    Ehhem:

    When i initially wrote that comment, i was in high school and knew very little about computers compared to what i know today. I was not ready to acknowledge that the woz and jobs had started a revolution.

    While Jobs initially did do wonderful things, he also had flops, as do all. But in the end, he left with these crowning achievements:
    Changing the way people look at portable music devices.
    Creating a studio for animation that is beyond good, which has brought many great works into the field, and created many jobs for animators.
    creating the first widely accepted tablet
    revolutionizing the way music is delivered (LEGALLY, GUYS)
    making a phone that is also a computer which was widely accepted.
    revitalizing the home-pc market with the imac (the colorful ones, not the others)
    helping design the fonts that make up about 10% of current fonts today.
    helping design beautiful pieces of art that also function as computers (Unibody design, i suppose. It is flawed, but it is also beautiful and finely crafted)
    actually managing to follow consumer trend... okay, not follow, CREATE.

    That is a pretty hearty list of accomplishments, but he did have some downfalls.

    The switch to PC architecture completely killed the line between how macs and PC's function day to day.
    overselling computers by attempting to cash in on another companies flop just made them look worse.
    overpricing chinese made computer parts (foxxcon) to people who may not know as much about computers, and are thus more easily swayed to buy those items.

    I think Jobs was a better man than i used to, but i think a minority of his followers ( a lot of them on here, and one person i know in life) stain his legend with their over-inflated egos and opinions of everything.

    And to answer the original question once and for all.

    Why are Apple computers more expensive than other computers?
    Because many hours of work go into designing how they are built, and their aesthetic design, as well as funtionality in the case of mac pro's.

    Is it because they are better?
    That depends, enough said.
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    • That last part isn't true, Carl.... Windows doesn't work... ;)
    • LOL Joe! I still sort of like Windows but that was because it's what I started with. It's like my first car. A red and white 1963 Chevy impala 2 door. I was still making payments on it when the engine blew. I traded it in on another Chevy a 1965 Impala SS. That one too did not last until the end of the payments. Then I switched to Fords. They did manage to make it to the end of their payments and as I got older, many years beyond the payments. I still love my old Chevy's but the Fords, like my Mac's , I have always gotten my moneys worth out of.
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  • So in honor of Jobs' continued achievements, i say:

    Rest in peace, you've fought long, you've lead hard, and you've created what most can only dream of.

    Good night, Sweet Jobs.
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  • Okay guys, i am only gonna say this once and for all.
    "Why are mac awesome."

    1. Macs might be expensive, hell what, they are much more expensive when you compare them with laptops fro other brands with similar configuration. True. but hear me out, I bought a macbook pro, the price i paid for it, if i had spent the same amount of money on an HP or dell I could have got a much faster processor, better ram, hardware etc. This is also true. BUT when I actually bought the macbook, I realised, how awesome the machine is, Because, of the way everything is simplified and integrated into the machine. I'll give you a heads up.

    I agree i compromised on the specifications of the processor,etc, but all of it was compensated when you actually use the machine. Macbook runs better than any other machine in the same price range even when the other machines might have higher specifications.

    There is a classiness involved, in the simplicity of this machine. I mean, the bright screen, the amazing display, and you wont feel like its a machine where different parts have been put together, like the cd place is different and screen and keyboard is different etc, you wont feel that, all you feel is one integrated machine, that does everything you expect it to.

    The software is seamless, the shutdown time and the startup time,
    you can just shut down the lid and forget about shutting down the machine for days, it will automatically turn off the harddrives, you can begin whenever you want.

    the camera is so clear, and it just feels like really futureistic , but very simple and it does what you want, there are no stupid schenanigan like uninstalling a software, subscription renewal, antiivirus software etc. just plain and simple use what you want.

    I agree with people who feel little weird , coz you know you can get all of it , on a windows based normal laptop also, but there would be something or the other that you would not like about that.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY__ BATTERY, my macbooks battery lasts like 6-7 hours, actually,
    and usually when you use windows laptops they battery meter might say that you have 2 hours of battery left, but it actually finishes in like 45 mins. But in mac, if the machine says that the battery will last for 4 hours 32 mins, it actually does.

    Once you buy a macbook, you will not regret it, but you would feel that i could have got better features for this price, but, in a week or so you will realize what you paid for and you would not feel like using a windows based laptop again.

    and there is no need of using external software, for example , you can instal VLC player, MS office, and skype and i dont think you would require any add on softwares, because everything is already built in simply (unless you wnat to use special softwares like photoshop and all)

    The machine is designed so well, its made from one single block of aluminium, and you will realise that everything in it and around it are highest quality,
    like keys on the keyboard, the screen, trackpad, the rubber under the base of laptop, no stickers. Once you use the machine for about a week or so you will realize that alot of thought has been put into the designing to make it very very user friendly.
    And i know , there are people who use specialised software on windows that are not available on mac. I use too, but there is an application called VMWARE, it simply makes another screen where windows 7 is simulated. No need to partition or anything. While runnig OS lion, doing any work on it you can just swipe four fingers on the trackpad and you get the windows screen, as simpply as that.
    its so seamless that i played two movies simultaneously on windows (in vm ware) and mac, and i just swiped four fingers to switch between them real time.

    I think it is really nice to own one , macbook, although I would be glad if it came cheaper, and If it did become cheaper, i dont think anyone would purchase any other laptop.

    thank you, You may reply to me at pranav429@gmail.com
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    I have an Asus notebook and is cheaper than a macbook and has better specs and runs everything! Also the Asus has a nice design (not plastic but aluminium). Keep about $600 bucks in your pocket and buy a SDD for it, it is great!

    I have an ASUS N76VM, and yes, it runs also OSX Lion ;-)

    Do not compare an Acer or cheap Dell with Apple. On the other side, Apple is overpriced because it is a 'model' and has limited upgrade possibilities because other hardware is not supported by OSX (no drivers). There is just one model/version of it, less to choose.

    Apple is expensive because Apple decides your rules. You cannot change it, you cannot upgrade it, you cannot customize it, you must use the AppStore. Everything is customized to avoid that you can change it. It is not true that Apple is better, you have to pay for the unique components. Also when you want to upgrade (for example your harddrive or memory) and you want to buy it from Apple you have to pay 4x times more for the same harddrive you can by somewhere else. An OEM component is also treated as special.

    That is also Apple! The hidden costs company. It's internal components is made in china and comparable to other computers. Nothing special about it, only the casing and the software. It is sleek but is it worth it? My Asus is also sleek.

    So, if you don't want to think about things and don't want to be able to customize things and you have enough money to pay all the stuff Apple things you need it, then buy an Apple.

    If you want total freedom (also in brand, model and specs), buy a PC!
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    A friend of mine worded it like this: Why does a Jaguar cost more than a Toyota? To people who love Jaguars, the price does not matter when it comes to style and performance. To people who love Toyotas, practicality and thrift win out. As long as you like what you buy it's all good.
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