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Why So Few Mac Computers?  
User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

Why are there so few macs out there?

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User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Just not enough software... Its really as simple as that... The only field in which they have really accelerated is in schools, because they used to sell them cheap, but thats ending, and the media, which they are becoming more dominant in...

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

The same reason there are more Ford Escorts on the road than Chevrolet Corvettes.

"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Because not everyone can afford a $1500 computer.

User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 821 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Jetservice - I like your response.

If you mean how come there aren't many models out there...it was the many models that almost killed Apple as a company. The company was re-organized under Steve Jobs and when the iMac hit the street and the models were streamlined, the company started to make more money. Now, Apple's biggest hit is the iPod.

If you mean how come they hold such a small percentage of the market... would you rather drive a Ford Taurus or a Mercedes E320? They both hold 5 people, both have 6 cylinder engines, and both can get you from point A to point B. It's all about potential lifetime problems, security, and reliability that you would buy a Mercedes (or Apple) over the Ford (or Dell, IBM, Gateway, Compaq...take your pick). How many viruses or trojans have you heard of involving the mac os?

People used to have fits over the fact that in the mid-90's Apple only had 5-7% of the marketshare. Mercedes and BMW have about 2% marketshare in the US...not bad, huh?

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User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Don't knock it -- I've never had a worm/virus on my Mac and I need very little in the way of security to keep it clean. If the market share ever creeps up to, say, 25% -- hackers will decide its worth paying attention and we'll be in trouble.

I've used both Mac and PC/Windows extensively, and I avoid Windows like the plague.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

My only exposure to Macs in is computer stores. I love the look of OsX and one PC at home is skinned (StyleXP) to look like Mac OsX. However, the price is expensive for iMac stuff vs PC  Sad

Now if someone gets OsX to run on Intel/PC hardware, I'll be the first to buy a copy of OsX !!!!

[Edited 2004-11-01 09:33:15]

By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4151 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

The problem with Mac in the mid 90s were that they were TOO user friendly. I remember MacOS that time was not very fast, and whenever something went wrong, I never had any idea what it was and how I could fix it. In that way, PCs were easier.

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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Apple caused its own problem. By refusing to allow Mac clones back in the 80's and 90's the price for a Mac remainded high. The law of supply and demand worked like it always does and the demand for such and expensive computer just never materialized. As more and more people bought PC, software developers wrote more programs for the PC than for the Mac. Over time the PC share of the market grew to where the Mac is a footnote in the tech world.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

The major problem was always Mac OS 9. It got passed by Windows, and never caught up.

Now that Mac OS X is the standard, the application support for it rivals Windows, and the security and stability for it surpass Windows, corporate buyers are starting to look to it as a virus-free alternative to their billion dollar Windows problem.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Macs peaked at about 15% market share in the early 90's with a strong following particularly in marketing/advertising/graphics disciplines/firms.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
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