what percentage of apple users use osx?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jaybeekay, May 1, 2003.

  1. jaybeekay macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2003
    Just wondering. I heard it was not 50% yet. If that is the case, imagine how much better the music store could do if more users get on to OS X.
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    That's a tough one....
    Kinda makes me wonder how many Mac users out there still use a Mac not capable of running OS X (so, that's not considering the original iMac, or Beige G3's which are in my opinion not fast enough to run OS X nicely).

    I'll take a guess: 30% of all Mac users use OS X on a daily basis.
  3. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    Well, a few months ago it was 20%. (5 million out of 25 million).
    Now I would have to agree, it's probably closer to 30%.
  4. djtet macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    os 9.1

    i would love to purchase a powermac and run osx, but...

    1)don't have the $$
    2)waiting on possible new 970 chipset

    so for now, i'll continue to use my old G3 tangerine 333mghz ibook with os 9.1...

    see, i've tried to run osx on my ibook, and it made a huge difference...everything ran much slower, especially opening, and running tasks, in photoshop and illustrator. therefore, i'm sticking with os 9.1 until I get a new mac!
  5. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    I can't convert to OSX because it's too expensive. I would have to repurchase a lot of software now. If I am going to do that I might as well save up for a new Mac and do it right from the start. As a side note, there is no reason to convert to OSX if your blind, sight disabled or rely on screen readers. At the rate I am saving I will be able to afford a computer, new OS, and software when OS11 comes out.;)

    I think a lot of Mac users are in the same boat that I'm in. (Well it looks crowded)
  6. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    Re: os 9.1

    i am in the same boat...an ibm 970 processor in a mac would be a nice upgrade and hopefully will come out sometime this year

    and if that doesn't happen this year, i think at least a 1 ghz g4 mac will be a welcome upgrade to a rev a ibook:p
  7. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    polling here would not be ok as most here have new macs. i use X only, but i know many with older macs that work perfectly. classic is enough for many. i guess classic users are less likely to hang on these big mac boards. if surfing, emails, some graphical and text editing etc are enough and they have all the software they need in classic and it is fast enough, maybe they don't feel the urge to get a newer, mor expensive machine, especially if their current does perfectly what they want, and fast enough.
  8. Greencardman macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2003
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'd have to say the biggest reason why a lot of people haven't switched is time and Quark. Yes, I've read the threads of Quark vs. Indesign, but if your whole company uses it, it would cost a lot of money to change. Plus, you have to train people to use OS X. The company I work for has over 20 computers all running OS 9, because it takes time to learn the new operating system. and if you're a graphic design firm, time is money, you can't have people being slowed down because Quark keeps crashing classic, or the interface is just so slow, or one thing has changed an nobody knows how to do it in OS X. You also might not have the time to set up everything again. People know how to use the printers, people use appletalk, the little things that changed slow people down because they're just not used to it, so its not worth switching. In fact, we tried a few computers, but in the end we switched back because it kept messing people up, and nobody had the time to figure it out when they're in the middle of work. I think the time will come when we need to replace our computers, and then we'll have to change, but by then we might also have a few people (you know, those computer geeks in the agency you turn to to fix problems) who know how to use it, and can show the rest of use how to get around those little differences that slow your workflow down.
  9. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i hear what you say about companies, but the vast majority of mac users are home users and in that context, os x is the perfect operating system

    i know of no graphics business, or even college graphics lab that uses os x...at least not yet
  10. unc32 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    The biggest problem is that you have to buy ew software. Sure you can run things in classic mode but that isn't much fun now isn't it. In our lab we have 3 computers running X and our boss runs 9.
  11. MacFan25 macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2003
    this would be a good poll: "What OS are you running on your computer?"

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