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Give Users Some Competitive Changes

Why I Went Mac But Still Keep My PC

Apple has come a mighty long way since the first release of Mac OS X. Things have developed nicely and the next version of OS X, Snow Leopard is being primed for release. Things I would love to see Apple do:

Provide more up-to-date hardware upgrades. The Windows PC world has far better hardware than the Mac crowd and it’s frustrating. Apple needs to provide more graphics card upgrade options and be quick to make them available. This is why I still have my Windows PC on stand-by, for times when I need to take a stab at the latest games. Apple doesn’t need to support every graphics card out there on the market but it needs to make at least some of the cutting edge products available.

Sound products for consumers are also very limited. I’d like to see a little more variety here. There are several options out there like the Azuntech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 which does Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive. Apple needs to take a step forward and start working with a select few like Azuntech to bring more flavor for its users or those considering a switch.

As for processors, Apple’s selection of Intel Xeon and Core 2 processors are pretty much up there. No complaints in this department. Memory wise, Mac Pro users are stuck with using expensive ECC memory, although this is understood, Apple’s online Store prices memory upgrades at stratospheric prices.

Apple's ridiculous price for hard drives

This brings us to Apple’s pricing for upgrades and options. Most people already feel that a ticket into a Mac platform is already expensive and understandably so — an equivalent Dell laptop with similar specs to a middle of the ground MacBook Pro costs significantly less. But even if a customer already wants to buy a Mac, prices for options at order-time are ridiculously insane and need to be reduced to more real-world prices. Apple’s 750 GB SATA option for a Mac Pro costs $300 compared to a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750 GB which costs just $119.99 at Newegg. C’mon Apple.

Apple’s got an 8-percent market share now and boasted that it’s the third largest U.S. manufacturer of computers means that it needs to get real with pricing schemes if it wants to poach more users from the Windows world.

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