Following last week’s international report into the state of Apple supplies in local markets, readers continue to send in new reports. Initiated by Macworld’s media partners at MacWeek, reports indicate that Apple has created a network of forgotten people, for whom tomorrow, like their new Mac, never comes.
Supply continues to cause problems in the sophisticated markets of Israel, Taiwan and South Africa.
Israel The Israeli distributor Yeda comes in for sharp criticism from Israeli readers, with many resellers forced to quit the market.
Yariv Nachson, of Plonter Productions, accuses Yeda of being unable to promote and sell Macs, giving Apple a tiny one per cent market share in the country. Lack of games distribution is mentioned, lessening the platforms attractiveness to consumers.
Zohar Iarchy, an Israeli Mac programmer, agrees that Yeda has not done enough to promote the platform: "They rely on the dedicated customers who will always buy Apple, and so don’t invest in PR."
Gideon Schreiber, of Rehovat, complains that the Israeli version of the Mac OS, co-developed by Yeda, lacks the level of Hebrew support offered by Windows software.
South Africa South Africa is a technologically advanced country, yet it represents less than one per cent of Apple’s turnover, according to local reseller Tim Smith. He said very few iMacs have been delivered since July, no G3s since September, and just three G4 deliveries since the machine’s launch. Apple’s portable computer ranges are rarer still. He says: "Our clients are very pro-Apple. They don’t waver and go to the PC. They are loyal. So where is Apple in all this?"
Taiwan Surprisingly, Taiwan, foundry and hub of the IT world, is also suffering. Despite Apple manufacturing many of its machines there, Hsiao-hsien Yang of Taipei says: "It’s so sad to be a Macophile in Taiwan. Although the iBook and new PowerBook are made in Taiwan, the iBooks in Taiwan will be the most expensive in the world (about £1,186 each), and we can’t get new PowerBooks. 333MHGz iMacs cost about £1,000 each."
Local reports state that it’s cheaper for a Taiwanese resident to travel to Hong Kong to buy Macs. As a result, many Taiwanese have opted for Windows systems.