This suggestion has me thinking... that this distinction is growing less and less relevant to the PC market every day. If you don't want a combination toy/science fair experiment/laboratory instrument/prototype, then you don't really want a PC at all. You want a laptop, if not a smartphone. These points make more sense with laptops than PC (they're tough to build yourself to any quality/value, the use cases emphasize reliability and ease of common tasks - they need to function mostly as appliances, not as experimental sandboxes), and even more with a smartphone. Once smartphones are at the point where your average person is comfortable doing word processing, spreadsheets and powerpoint on them (5 years at the outside, I'd reckon), there won't be any reason for anyone to have a PC at all unless they're doing something more custom and demanding (in which case, these sorts of arguments won't apply, or will apply in the opposite direction). And to that point, Apple has already proven that they're a capable player in that sector with solid technology and relevant outlook. If they didn't insist on charging double what everyone else does for their devices, they'd probably be taking on a dominant position in the smartphone OS sector, instead of rapidly being pushed to the margins by Android.