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MacDells: Serving OS X on a PC




What better way for Apple to gain more Mac switchers, increase its market share, and earn more revenues than by licensing the OS X? Makes sense, IMO. Besides, Apple seems to be slowly embracing Windows.

David Berlind of ZDNet thinks so too:

… I suggested that Dell might now be the perfect company to resell systems loaded with Apple’s OS X now that Apple is cutting bait with IBM’s PowerPC and switching to Intel chips. According to a report in Fortune Magazine, Dell founder Michael Dell said “If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers.”

iMacLooks like Dell is more than willing to offer OS X pre-installed on its PCs if Apple allows them to. But, why would Steve Jobs not want to gain more market share (currently estimated at 4%) by licensing the operating system to bigwig vendors like Dell, HP or Lenovo? That could seriously cut into the Microsoft dominance in that market.

People are already making a lot of progress making OS X run on a PC (with PearPC). Berlind shares several reasons why this is the best time for Apple to make the move and I agree with him:

  • Apple is enjoying a resurgence in popularity
  • If the cost is right, the usability is proven, and the security is better, businesses might be ready
  • Controlling the hardware while letting others manufacture it isn’t as hard as it used to be
  • Apple is no longer alone in building a sleek, high quality chassis (notebooks/desktops) and cites Lenovo’s ThinkPads

At the moment, people wanting to switch to the Mac from a PC will have to invest on an entire machine, OS and softwares — the cheapest full-system starts at $999 (iMac). Add to that the cost of new software licenses (iLife, iWorks, Office, Final Cut, Aperture, etc).

But, if Apple sells OS X separately, people with existing PCs can buy and install it, even run on dual boot, and try the operating system and familiarize with it. If they’ll like the OS, and I’m pretty confident they’ll do, their next purchase could be an entire Mac system. The transition is slow but painless. Apple wins.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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4 Responses

  1. Miguel says:

    And now there’s a cheap line of built-for-design laptops – Acer’s GemStone series, with the aid of BMW Design. As low as PhP 31K for the Celeron M edition.

    As for the look and feel… no, Apple will never give up the desktop experience and let OS X run on a “non matching” laptop/desktop. BUT speaking of Dell…

    It makes great sense for Apple to license OS X Server to run on Dell servers such as the PowerEdge. Why? Many corporate/telco data servers would not think twice of hosting Dell servers… but Apple??

  2. jhay says:

    I do hope and wish that OS X would soon be available for PCs, if that happens, goodbye Windows forever for me. :D

  3. i already installed mac os x 86 on my desktop and laptop. i will soon do some writeups and post it on my blog. exam days pa this week… hope by this weekend if hindi tamarin. hehe. i’ll post some pics. :)

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