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Why The New Name?

Comment by arkadiydeliev
about macOS · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Still don't get it. Mac OS X sounded perfect! Why macOS. Apple, you're confusing me way too often nowadays!


macOS is ugly compared to Mac.

New Name

Comment by RemovedUser
about macOS · Jul 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

In light of Apple announcing the re-branding. I have changed the name and updated the descriptions. Although I've stuck with the OS X icon for now.


Comment by harshbarj
about macOS · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The mac os is not an alternative to any flavor of windows. To run it you need a Macintosh computer. A true alternative will run on the same hardware. So Windows is an alternative to the mac os as it installs on a mac, but the mac os will not install on a pc (without hacks that are against the EULA).


This comment could have just been avoided by removing mac as an alternative to windows. And macintosh needs to get its head out of the cloud and allow their OS to be on any computer not just their pre-approved 100 times the cost hardware -.-

You can't make alternatives go one-way. Unless maybe you're an admin or something similar.

Also, Apple uses their OS to help sell their hardware. Making it run on anything out of the box would be horrible business strategy. Unless crazy things happen to the company, it will never happen. Microsoft and Apple are two very different business models.
"100 times the cost hardware" is a bit of a stretch. If you search for similarly specced products from other manufacturers, you end up with similarly priced hardware. (the current exception being the Mac Pro.)

I beg to differ I bought my macbook pro for about 2000$ i put together a computer 450$ which ended up better than the macbook pro, maybe not 100* but its not that far off.

Well, that's an unfair comparison. When comparing any laptop to any desktop, the desktop will always win by a large margin. Whether it runs Windows or Mac OS X is irrelevant. It's comparing apples to oranges (pun not intended).

Here's a better price comparison of Macs and PCs.

Any equivalent non-appple branded laptop will be significantly less expensive than an apple branded counterpart. Same goes for literately anything apple branded, phones, desktop, all-in-one, laptop, smartwatch, mp3 player, everything. You are paying for the apple logo, and all of the intangible nonsense that comes with it. It is all by design, apple's target consumers are people with money and little if any technical knowledge. They sell a nice shiny, pretty looking image, and people who don't know any better are willing to pay for it. The OS itself is designed to make lass powerful hardware feel more adequate.

Don't get me wrong, apple stuff is built well for the most part, and it looks good, but it's overpriced through and through. It's just how apple operates. They arent trying to sell to tech savy people, or people who actually care about individual technical specifications. If you are the kind of person who cares whether you've got an intel or an amd cpu, then you are not apple's target consumer. If you know what RAM is, and the number of gigs matters to you, you are not apple's target consumer. If you know what and HDD vs an SDD is, you are not apple's taget consumer. If you want a nice shiny new toy and don't mind paying out the ass for it because it's the cool thing that's hip and everyone you know is using, and not because you're actually getting your moneys worth, you are apple's target consumer.

Comment by Munchlax
about macOS · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

The screenshots aren’t all from OSX, some are from older versions......


Why didn't you change them?