What a big Apple means to the channel

“It was not so long ago that Michael Dell was writing off Apple. Nine years ago, at Gartner Symposium, the founder of the iconic direct-dealing PC maker suggested that, if put in charge of Apple, he would shut the firm down and give any cash from the sale back to the shareholders,” Ben Tudor writes for Computer Reseller News (CRN).

Tudor writes, “Nine years later, Dell must feel as poorly as its balance sheet because the fortunes of the firms have reversed. While Dell flounders, Apple is riding a stock-market high thanks largely to the iPod, the most successful MP3 player ever.”

“Since Michael Dell uttered those fateful words, Apple has introduced the iMac, ditched its old operating system for a modern, Berkeley Standard Distribution Unix-based system that some believe puts Windows XP to shame, dumped IBM’s PowerPC chip architecture in favour of Intel and made consumers the world over drool for translucent plastic cases,” Tudor writes.

Tudor writes, “However, part of this turnaround is also because of the firm’s approach to overseas markets and the channel. Apple has had to go after different types of customer and it has done so by going direct. But a rising tide lifts all boats: talk to some old-school Apple resellers and they will tell you that sales to businesses have also boomed…”

Full article here.

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23 Comments

  1. Apple has introduced the iMac, ditched its old operating system for a modern, Berkeley Standard Distribution Unix-based system that some believe puts Windows XP to shame, dumped IBM’s PowerPC chip architecture in favour of Intel and made consumers the world over drool for translucent plastic cases

    And it’s been too much of a wild ride lately, all the OS and hardware changes has made it very difficult to make a decision for longterm results.

    I know some things wasn’t Apple’s fault, but some things they could have controlled.

    For instance, good luck trying to find PCI and PCI X video cards for your PowerMac G5.

    Where is SLI or Crossfire support for Mac OS X? (works for Windows on a Mac Pro)

  2. …talk to some old-school Apple resellers and they will tell you that sales to businesses have also boomed…”

    I CANNOT WAIT until I can switch my current (Windoze based) small business software over to a Mac. PLEASE Apple…start driving the small business software truck into 5th gear! I really don’t want to do that whole XP/OSX Bootcamp thing…its so sac-relige.

    Business Software + Mac OSX = happy small business owners!

  3. George Ou going to prove “hack a MacBook Pro” right out of the box!

    “No one will ever know the truth in this situation until a MacBook Pro that has not had the Apple Security Update or Apple Airport Update applied is exploited right out of the shipping carton in front of the mainstream press with mics on & videographers rolling.”

    That’s precisely what I intend to do.

    http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-10533-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=25534&messageID=478863&start=26

    I’d laugh if he manages to hack it again even if the latest security update is applied.

    Good going, make Apple pay attention to security again, extensivly test their stuff before release. We all win this way.

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