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19684097 No.19684097 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe] [rbt]

When you think of brand loyalty, you think of Apple. Apple has such a strong brand image that we don't even consider Macs a kind of "personal computer," as evidenced by the insane "Mac vs. PC" dichotomy. So it might surprise a few fanboys to learn that Apple does not make computers of any kind.

In fact, the enormous Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta makes about a third of all laptops sold including laptops by Apple, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Gateway and Sony. Even the components of the computers come from just a handful of manufacturers. For example, all hard drives are made by the same five companies. That shiny Iomega drive that matches your new Mac Mini probably has the same parts as a much cheaper, uglier hard drive.

Apple fans might argue that Apple does design their operating system. It is, in all fairness, pretty great. But with a little work, you can get Mac OS to run on just about anything.

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