Most of us pay very little attention to Apple.
Prolly with good reason as it turns out.
Even though I know next to nothing about them, I was always told ( and believed) that they were superior at a couple of things, primarily video/graphics.
A few days ago I read that the latest Star Wars film had been produced on AMD a64 based systems (it's an entirely digital production), which I found somewhat surprising.
This morning I saw this.
Now I wonder why anyone would want a Mac at all.
I always feel sorry for the few Mac owners who straggle into the shop where I work (we don't do anything with Apples)...they are so convinced of their machine's superiority, despite the almost total lack of aftermarket support and their miniscule market share.
Furthermore, Macs have begun to be plagued with virii/malware- a situation familiar to PC users, but very confusing to Apple folk. They assumed they were impervious and their protection options are quite limited.
There is an Apple Store near me and I have checked them out...the G5 is undeniably pretty and technically interesting (particularly the cooling setup), but sheesh, they are expensive and, as it turns out, not terribly effective.
Right after Christmas a man came in to the shop and asked if we worked on Macs. "No", said I, "and I don't know anyone who does."
"Crap", says he, "do you want it?"
I told him we didn't buy Macs either.
He GAVE it to us.
Brand new ( his kids had given it to him for Christmas), the machine was in mint condition, and he was so frustrated after the few days he had it that he just gave it away.
We bumped around on it for a few days (OS X, Panther?) which was interesting, then donated it to a local church.
Now we occasionally get calls from them asking for help ( of course, to be fair, they would prolly have issues with a regular PC too...), help we can't provide.
I'm mystified why anyone would saddle themselves with such a lemon.