Thanks for the suggestion. But no.
Gartner: Apple should quit hardware business. (antler tip to David Seo via email.)
Gartner says the move should be made because Intel currently gives Apple favorable pricing that it won’t be able to maintain.
A few thoughts occur to the Macalope about this:
- Intel may be well-incented to retain Apple as a customer for marketing and prestige purposes (having both Windows and OS X running on Intel).
- Apple has larger margins to cut into than Dell or HP. If anyone can take price pressure, it’s Apple.
- Apple customers are used to paying a little more for what they consider to be a better product.
- Apple makes the whole widget… Apple makes the whole widget… Apple makes the whole widget…
So, the Macalope doesn’t see it happening.
That said, there is a demonstrable difference between openly licensing OS X and outsourcing/selling the Mac business to another hardware manufacturer. The latter is far more likely than the former, but still rather unlikely.
[Added the word “openly” as the Macalope was trying to allude to the licensing of the 1990s with multiple licensees competing against Apple but didn’t make that point clearly.]