One large advantage for Apple and their developers, is that they get to pick the hardware they want to support. Ubuntu, and Linux in general, needs a great deal of extra complexity due to the need to deal with so many variations of hardware combinations.
It seems to me that Linux in general could gain a great deal from a company such a Canonical building or certifying their own computers. Ubuntu would still be supported on "everything", but certain hardware would just be a lot better tested.
Canonical also seems to be in a position where they could do this, as well as earn both extra money and users on it.
I know that there's a android version of Ubuntu coming up, which is somewhat similar in thought, hence my question is directed at laptops.
Has there been, or are there, any such plans. Why (not)?