So today Apple announced they’re making available software that lets you dual boot your Intel based Mac with Windows XP that they’re calling “Bootcamp” for those folks who just have to be able to run both OSes on their hardware for no apparent reason. Not a surprising move all things considered, but this comment from an Apple VP certainly was:
“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” Philip Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a statement.
Apple’s superior hardware? What the fuck? It’s a FRIGGIN’ PC! The last vestiges of anything proprietary were lost when you guys stopped using PowerPC processors as you’ve been using otherwise off-the-shelf hardware for years now. Hell, the motherboard in those things is essentially an Intel D915GUXLK board. The only thing about the Intel Mac hardware that sets it apart is the addition of the TPM module by Infineon used by OS X to try and keep it from running on non-Apple supplied hardware. Now the design of the hardware’s casing is certainly superior, I’ll grant you that, but the hardware itself is the same shit we’re using in our Windows boxes.
This is one of my biggest problems with Apple: The smug sense of superiority-assholiness that they exhibit about their products. Well, that and the often ridiculous markup said products tend to carry. I’m often left to wonder if the inflated price is supposed to justify the smugness or vice versa.