Actually Mac hardware is reliable. For years, people have belittled and marganized Apple software. If Apple was just an image, a pretty flower with no substance, then why is the company flourishing? There are a few important facts to note here in this discussion:
1. The iPod
It is undeniable that the iPod revolutionized music players. With 225 million iPods sold and with Apple commanding nearly 75% of the market share, there's more than just flare here. Apple look over an entire market of listening to music. iTunes has been a major success with millions of Americans using its software to download music, games, movies, and applications. The iTunes music store is the Top Music Retailer in the United States. It beats out Wal-Mart and Amazon.
2. The iPhone
Do you remember the days before the iPhone? Everyone had shitty Motorolla Razrs, and only the business industry was using Blackberries. When the iPhone came out, it sparked an arms race between Apple vs. the Telecommunication companies. Apple forced phone companies to rethink the crappy hardware they were selling to people. For the next three years, Verizon, Google, Motorolla, and RIM (Blackberry) have been trying to catch up with Apple's iPhone technology. I remember this forum complained about the iPhone's touch screen technology. Well now, everyone is using it. Touch screen technology is standard on most smart phones now.
The success of the iPhone currently stands at 21% of the market share, which is pretty good considering the phone is limited to AT&T's awful network. It has truly redefined how we perceive phones. The phone has sold millions and has sparked another market of its own:
Applications are rapidly becoming the next big market. Who would have imagined you would be seeing television ads for people to log into their iPhones and buy a certain application? Apple pioneered application stores for mobile devices. Currently, there are 185,000 applications in the App Store with over 4 billion total downloads. Other phone companies have launched their own application stores to keep up with Apple.
It's difficult to maintain that Apple is an overhyped expense. Clearly, the company has transcended beyond the fanboys. The success of Apple is a multibillion dollar phenomenon with millions upon millions of satisfied customer . One can continue to criticize Apple all they want to, but the reality is Apple's innovation to bring new technology into the mainstream market has revolutionized how people use mobile devices, listen to music, and experience entertainment.
I have seen the Desler. I have tasted of his milk and honey.