--- On Fri, 7/10/11, Malcolm Cadman <ql@mcad...> wrote:
> From: Malcolm Cadman <ql@mcad...>
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] OT - The great man - Steve Jobs
> To: ql-users@q-v-... > Date: Friday, 7 October, 2011, 19:48
> In message <4E8DFF8E.5060104@dunb...>,
> Norman Dunbar <Norman@dunb...>
> Hi Norman,
> I have never bought any Apple products ... although I
> appreciate the attention to detail (both inside the product
> and outside) from an Industrial Design viewpoint.
> I agree, that Apples' hidden strategy, as a business,
> is to "lock" you in to just their own products.
> Had Sir Clive Sinclair been more successful in business,
> then he could have been the UK equivalent of Jobs. Sir Clive
> always insisted on good looking design ideas, and then
> skimmed over on the manufacturing and quality control; and
> always left something important out in his products.
> Jobs, on the other hand, brought quality products - with
> good design - to success in the market; and consistently
> persuaded customers to pay a premium price.
To be fair Apple products have a had a checkered reliability as well. I've fixed a number of ibooks. Not mention the faults with older ipods or phones with no signal. Or the top of range liquid cooled G5s that were prone to leaking. Ebay is awash with spares or repair Apple equipment. Sir Clive made some shonky stuff in his time but never charged 1000s. If you pay a few thousand for a computer I'd expect more than a 1 year warranty.
They are nice to use and I own a few myself but I think it's more about the branding, image and selling a lifestyle.