Yesterday, Apple announced significant price drops on many of its consumer products including the iPhone and Mac Air. This is an unusual move by Apple since it carefully controls its pricing--so much so that rarely, if ever, do its products go "on sale." So what's up with this big price drop? Is Apple out to "get" Linux?
Personally, I think that Apple lowered its prices to better compete with an ever-expanding PC market, so the answer is really: All of the above. I think that Apple is feeling pressure from consumers to produce a Netbook, to get their pricing more in line with their competition and to become more of a marketing machine. Lowering their prices won't hurt their bottom line due to the coming upsurge in sales from it and they'll enjoy a larger user base that their high prices kept them from penetrating.
I don't own an i-anything for that single reason. I think that Apple stuff is good, reliable and easy to use but they are out of my budget.
So, to answer my question, "Are Apple's price drops aimed at Linux?" Not specifically, but it will have the effect of hurting further Linux uptake by Bill and Sally Consumer. It will also produce some head-scratching when decision-makers look forward to replacing existing hardware and software.
Do you think that the price drops will change your decision to purchase Apple products? How do you think the price drops will affect Linux?