I'm sensing a trend here. You love hearing yourself talk and in this case reading your own words.No, they wouldn't. Cause it would have been bad for their image. My entire point.
Tech (and hardware imparticular) is notoriously anti-consumer. They don't give us what we want, they tell us what we want. If any company worries about their image I say bravo. Companies like Nvidia and intel obviously do not but it sure as hell hasn't hurt their market share. So if a company does something positive because of their image I see absolutely no problem with it. At least they did something and found a way to help their customers. You will NOT see Intel and Nvidia do the same.
Anytime someone screams "My Reputation is ruined!" it is not a bad thing.
Image and Reputation are points of pride.