but if the Apple model had prevailed, I think technology would not be as far along. But it's impossible to say what if.
That's a silly thing to say. If Apple wasn't around, what would desktop PC makers have looked up to the past fifteen years?
We'd have had PS2 connectors, floppy drives, beige boxes, flaky suspend/resume, x86 BIOS, 32-bit processors, no built-in 3D acceleration, no built-in WiFi, 100mb ethernet, etc. for even LONGER than we did. Do you remember having to buy PCI-USB cards, PCI WiFi adaptors, unaccelerated desktop interfaces, rolling the dice on resume from sleep, PS2/USB converters?? I do.
What exactly is this technology-retarding "Apple model" in your mind? Sorry man, it's just silly to hear something along the lines of "if Apple prevailed, we wouldn't have nice things" when they have been the lead in most of the nice things PCs have. If Apple prevailed... IDK, MAYBE Dell would have made nice computers sooner and we'd still be where we are at today?