Originally Posted by klas
What's the advantage for Apple to allow Windows installation on their hardware? More hardware sales? I don't think so. They are not making the hardware, Asus or other ODM does, so they are not profiting a lot of money on that. They do, however, make money by installing Tiger OS on it, so if they allow easy windows installation they would be losing money, because they won’t be able to sell you other software. So, the question still stays unanswered about possibility to have windows installed, but I think we can safely assume that even if it's possible to run Windows you will need to perform some kind of hacking to get it up and running.
If they were thinking about PC users they would probably make 2 buttons, No?
Apple doesn't make money on it's hardware? That's funny...I mean, it must mean that it's because of iPods and iTunes that Apple has something like 8 BILLION (with a B) dollars in cash on hand.
Just because you hire another company to make something for you doesn't mean you ain't gonna make money off it. A 2000 dollar PowerBook probably only costs Asus 300 bucks to make, if even that. Apple pays a couple hundred more for the finished product, and then they mark the finished product up 1000+ dollars, all of which is pure profit.
Apple doesn't make shit by putting OS X on their computers because they themselves make
OS X. Just as Apple doesn't make any money off of iLife unless you go to buy the upgrades.
Apple wouldn't lose shit if people put Windows on Macs, just like they don't lose anything now when people put Linux on a Mac. The hardware has been paid for, Apple has their pound of flesh, you can do whatever you like with the computer once you buy it and it won't hurt Apple one iota.