Steve Jobs Plays a Most Dangerous Game
But my laptop is a disaster--a once state-of-the-art G3 with a modem--which I used last month during a quick week in a Florida timeshare. Surfing the Internet on the phone line literally took me four hours on the laptop, when at home on the desktop it takes me 30 minutes.
For travel, I need a small Apple laptop with fast Internet access and possibly hi-fi. I very much was looking forward to a new 14˝ PowerBook with a lot of memory.
Now I am stuck spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a lame duck that will be dead in two years. I look forward to this purchase with zero pleasure.
If I did not need a laptop with all the bells and whistles, I would stick with what I have and make do with periodic upgrades until the new Intel product comes on the market.
My bet: A lot of Apple owners feel the same way. They will put off buying new hardware and may well jump ship for another laptop brand. And if they have hung on for two or three years, only to have the Intel model production delayed, frustration will give way to anger and the harm to Apple could be incalculable.
Worse, anyone shopping for a first computer will most certainly skip Apple, knowing that any new Mac rig will be totally obsolete in two to three years.
If only Steve Jobs had spoken to the owners and prospects first …
Am I sorry to be an Apple owner? No, just disappointed. I love the software, which I find infinitely superior to Microsoft for my specific needs.
But I am delighted not to be an Apple stockholder.
Letters From Readers
[Regarding The Dissing of Deep Throat: The Appalling Management Style of Presidents, Denny Hatch's Business Common Sense, June 7, 2005]