However if you buy an apple desktop / laptop you got as much choice to run things on it as a windows based one, which disproves the quotated text. What's with the apple hate?
A few years ago I bought into the Apple myth and got myself a Mac mini. It was very nearly the dumbest thing I ever did. Not because the Mac didn't work, or wasn't "cool", but because I found that it didn't work better than my XP machine did. It had it's own quirks and PITA (pain in the a**) features. In the four or so years that I've owned it, I've never cottoned to it, and it's little more than an expensive toy that I occasionally use for some video editing. (Which I admit, it does an excellent job at -- but it's not something that is essential for the things that I do for work or recreation.)
What especially has crawled up my fanny is that smug jackass who plays the Mac guy on those ads. He epitomizes the smirking, holier-than-thou, patronizing attitude that I catch from a LOT of Mac users, all of whom seem to think I'm dim for using a PC, and that Windows is just a very shabby poor country cousin to the hip OSX. Well, darn it, I LIKE my XP machine, and use it DAILY for everything. I even like my Vista machine, which serves me as a media center.
One thing that I have discovered about the Mac is that yes, it's true that anything you can do with a Windows machine you can also do with a Mac -- but it will cost you $$ and your choices will be much more limited. I found that even for simple utility programs, I would be nickle and dimed for them. Nor was I happy when I realized that my version of the OS became nearly obsolete since I've owned it, and I will have to keep upgrading to the latest one if I ever want to keep all my Mac software up to date. (Just try buying software for Panther. Go ahead, I dare you to find anything. For pete's sake, Firefox 3 isn't compatible with it, and I'm stuck with FF2!) As near as I can tell, the principle that Apple operates under is how to maximize what they take out of my pocket.
As for the iPhone...well, I think I'll just wait for the Palm Pre. I've had quite enough of Apple for the time being.