Chris Pirillo is predicting "Apple's OS Comes Bundled with Windows on All Dell Machines!" in a mock headline.
I think he is smoking something or is perhaps too young to remember Apples foray into licensing it's operating system to third party hardware builders.
Apple makes it's profit largely on the hardware (iPod anyone?) while Dell has quite a reputation for squeezing every last drop out of a bill of material for the hardware, and dropping the price lower than anyone else. For example...
- Apple's cheapest computer is the Mac Mini starting at $499 -- with no keyboard, mouse or monitor.
- Dell's cheapest computer is the Dimension B110 starting at $349 -- including keyboard, mouse and monitor. After rebate, that drops to $299.
If there were polar opposites in the technology industry, it's Dell and Apple. Neither one of them have anything to gain from this type of partnership and everything to lose: Dell's computers become more expensive than the competition and Apples profit margin on hardware would be in serious jeopardy.
Chris, let's make a pact to check back in on the state of things in two years.
Watch it happen -- not.