"Locked down hardware" in the context of personal computers means that you can't use third party hardware.
Um. enlighten me. I've bought much hardware, many peripherals over the years, and haven't had this lockdown issue. Lots of hard drives, had to be formatted differently, but tyhat's hardly exclusive. RAM expansion - pray don't tell me that different RAM modules are an Apple only thing. You see, As a user of both Windows type PCs and Apple PCs, I've bought a lot of hardaware for both.
So aside from say Thunderbolt, what are you talking about? And by the way, I have a normal secondary 27 inch Dell monitor on my Mac that just has a little Thunderbolt adapter.. Looks great. Additional RAM and new hard Drive. All working just fine.
I have 2 USB external hard drives - seem to be working fine for a couple years now. I have USB to serial converters, FTDI at the moment, but I understand that th eprolific chipset has written a proper driver - there was about 6 months after an upgrade ot El Capitan that prolifics weren't supported. I have extension USB hubs - work well, a bluetooth mic/headset that I use often. I have a USB vidccm - works great. I have Thumb drives that just plug right in.
It's not like Apple gets their components from another universe. The idea that I have to use some sort of special apple only hardware is ludicrous - I can take most everything off the MAC and plug it into the PC sitting beside it, and it will work.
So that was probably his point; what the words meant literally was also the "point." A better question would have been, "I don't understand your point, can you elaborate?"
Okay, I get it. I don't understand your point, can you elaborate?
Tell me all about the Apple only hardware that cause you fellows such turmoil and umbrage.
In fact, the software would be a better example of something being locked down. Just not in my direction. I can run Windows software on My Apple. How's that Mac Software running on the Windows machine? But that doesn't count to you so okay.
At which point it could be explained to you that while you can run different software on Apple's hardware, you can't replace Apple's choice of hardware with third party hardware.
At which point I will very respectfully tell you that you are completely full of shit and have no idea of what you are talking about.
My iMac does have some built in onboard devices. But that only means it is "locked down" in the same manner that any mobo device computer is locked down. My Power Macs have lots of expansion capabilities. And the whole argument is specious I have choices, and the Mac ecosystem can be considered locked down only if the Windows ecosystem can be considered locked down.
Tell me please, of the items that I have listed, bought at a local store or online simply does not work - aside from RAM, which if your definition is used, makes many computers "locked down". Any of those devices would fit right in to a Windows or Linux box.
Drives were formatted to Apple except for the thumbs and a transfer hard drive - unless it has changed, My Windows machines won't read Mac formatted disks. So they'd have to be reformatted. But you cannot use that as an example, because you invalidated software.
This is about as stupid a discussion as I've had in here. A metric only car is more locked down than your locked down Mac example.