scaredflyer21
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Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:18 pm

Why are there so few macs out there?
 
jfkaua
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:22 pm

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...
 
JetService
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:42 pm

The same reason there are more Ford Escorts on the road than Chevrolet Corvettes.
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srbmod
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:43 pm

Because not everyone can afford a $1500 computer.
 
cha747
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:57 pm

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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Arrow
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:01 pm

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.
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DeskPilot
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 5:31 pm

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]
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mdsh00
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 5:43 pm

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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N6376M
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Mon Nov 01, 2004 11:15 pm

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.
 
gigneil
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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:33 am

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.

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RE: Why So Few Mac Computers?

Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:39 am

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