[QUOTE=AllanDeGroot;2658607]What apple sells isn’t a state of the art computer, because apple hardware is in no way “Special”, generally they are six to twelve months behind everyone else.
Some things about Mac computers are specifically made different purely for the sake of being different.
Compare their unique family of Display port connectors to DVI and HDMI.
I’ve got the end I cut off a Mac Display cable that looks to the quick glance like a DVI connector, but the outer shell is oval instead of being a trapeziod.
Apples “Mac” OS isn’t special either, it is propriatary and insular, they actually get people to PAY for what we in the PC world call "Service Packs"
and get them to BRAG about paying for those patches and corrections and BRAG about “upgrading” to “Snow Leopard” or “Mountain Lion”
They get people to be happy about WAITING for Mac editions of games and productivity software. Mac owners get to wait either because softwareddevelopers don’t care about catering to those 18% is far less financially important than catering to the OTHER 80% OR because Apple must approve any claim that software is compatible with Mac.
What apple sells is elitism to willing and enthusiastic victims, and
make them believe being in an isolated (Exploited) minority is a good thing.[/QUOTE]
A lot of hyperbole and misinformation mixed in with some truth.
Yes, Apple’s hardware is definitely not state of the art in terms of specs. That’s absolutely true and even the most diehard Mac fan knows that.
DisplayPort is a VESA standard, it is not proprietary:
In addition, Apple long ago started including DVI and/or HDMI connectors on their machines. The only place they really use DisplayPort is with some laptops in the form of mini-DisplayPort, and a simple adapter allows it to connect via DVI and HDMI.
OS X is based on BSD UNIX (that’s UNIX, the Daddy, not Linux, the child). While technically it is a “proprietary” OS, it is also fully POSIX compliant, meaning that it can run just about anything and everything you can find not only in other UNIX variants, but also various GNU/Linux distributions.
I don’t think you can make a fair one-to-one comparison between OS X system updates and updates on other operating systems. For one thing, the high-cost of upgrading Windows, for example, on an existing machine, can’t be compared to the significantly cheaper OS X version upgrades (the upgrade to Mountain Lion, for example, was only $20). In some ways, OS X has an advantage, but overall, I think it evens out.
In terms of games, most die-hard gamers who have a Mac will admit that it’s better to dual-boot Windows and OS X, and use Windows for gaming. The great thing about Macs is that they can easily run Windows and OS X (and even Linux), without the need for a virtual machine or a lot of tweaking and hacking. In fact, there are many Windows people who find that the best PC for them is a Mac. While Apple often gets criticized heavily on their desktop computers, their laptops have been getting a lot of praise, even from folks who normally don’t like them.