|all PCs, Apple or otherwise, use the same hardware built by the same companies|
I bring back my same point again; are you suggesting that all hardware built by these companies are equal? Because that would be silly.
Yes and no. Suppose we have two graphics cards with GPUs from the same company (e.g. NVIDIA), built to identical specifications by one company (e.g. Foxconn) at the behest of one vendor (e.g. ASUS). I accept that there could be some variation in the quality between those two pieces of hardware. Now suppose we have several batches of graphics cards with NVIDIA GPUs built by Foxconn on behalf of ASUS, Gigabyte, XFX, etc. Naturally the same variations between individual cards built for one vendor as there are between individual cards built for different vendors. Let's assume that quality can actually be quantified as a number, let's say a percentage (kind of like the condition of weapons and armour (CND) in Fallout games). One card might have a quality of 85% and another 75%. What I'm saying is if we took the mean quality of each batch, we would find it to be approximately the same, let's say the mean would be 70%. Of course this doesn't really make sense, since "quality" is a very, very vague term and not something I think you can really quantify, but you see my point, I hope. If not: it's not that there aren't differences between supposedly-identical pieces of hardware, but that the higher-quality hardware doesn't magically end up with Apple and the lower-quality hardware doesn't magically end up with all other vendors. They're all made by the same company to the same specifications, so how could Apple's be better on average than anyone else's? "Build quality"? See the next paragraph. "Quality control"? See the one after next.
|Build quality. The standard to which products are built.|
That definition doesn't help me at all, it's still very vague. Tell me how build quality might differ between two vendors, because when I hear "build quality" I'm thinking of how skilled the person building the PC is, assuming the components are of equal quality. As I've said probably four or five times now, and as you've agreed, building a PC is not skilled labour
, so the skill of the labourer can't be what causes Apple computers to be so much better than other manufacturers, as you claim.
Quality control is different. It may indeed be possible that Apple's quality control (e.g. testing of the hardware) is superior. I don't know about that either way. You say Apple does it well but I'd like to see if you have a source for that, or a source suggesting that Apple does it better
everyone else as you seem to be suggesting. I'd also like to see you prove that the difference is worth the massive mark-up in price.
Here's an idea: instead of dodging all my points, why don't you tell me exactly why you think Apple computers are higher quality? Why don't you actually answer some of my points?
The bottom line is still this: you are paying a significant amount more money for a shiny box with a glowing picture of an apple on it. You even admitted to it already. Why are we still discussing this?