I got to thinking after my last post complaining about Apple's unfortunate choice of putting intel integrated graphics into the MacBooks. It made me realize that if Apple didn't lock OS X to its hardware, I'd probably be buying an HP or a ThinkPad or a Vaio or something..
Apple is just failing to meet my needs with its paltry laptop line of essentially 3 form factors: 13-inch 15-inch and 17-inch. The lightest laptop they offer is 5 pounds!
What if I want a thin-and-light notebook? (I do) Did Apple really think that they could get away with replacing an already heavy-for-subnotebook computer with an even bigger and heavier one? As an Apple Campus Rep I can say I have witnessed a lot of lost sales when people pick up the MacBook and ask "is this seriously the lightest computer Apple has? okay I'll look at the ThinkPads"
What if want a tablet? What if I want a webcam that rotates so I can iSight the lecturer? What if I want a non-glossy screen?
And what if I want a laptop without ludicrously sharp edges that dig into my wrists? If Dell did it, it would be a design flaw that we would all mock. But when Apple does it, it's high fashion.
It seems Apple Mac hardware is loved by all. But I don't love it--at least not the current offerings. I tolerate Apple's hardware to get their software.
I know part of what makes Macs so reliable is that Apple controls the software and the hardware, they "make the whole widget" yada yada yada. But I would be willing to put that at risk to put Leopard on a computer that didn't give me backaches.
Oh, and anybody who mentions Linux gets a boot to the head.