Apple laptops are everywere

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crazycat, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    100% of my friends who use a laptop use either a macbook or a macbook pro. Picking up some coffee from Starbucks i saw 2 macs, going into a meeting i saw 1 macbook. Is it me or has everyone in the world gotten a macbook or macbook pro?
  2. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
  3. crazycat thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    Does it have to be bad?

    BTW i live in Dubai where 3 years ago 100% of all computers were pc's and you could not even locate a mac store, well there was one but it was selling a $1k mac for $3k (joke).
  4. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    whats the problem here? macs are great and perform better than pc's.

    and... macs can run both.
  5. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    I'm using two iBooks at the same time right now :) They're the best, most rugged, problem-free computers I've ever had! They've been great! The only problem is the MacBook sounds to good to wait for any longer so I think I'm gonna put one of these iBooks on eBay and then get a MacBook when it's updated next (with C2D).

    Apple's computers are great!
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I always make sure to notice what portables people are using at my university when I'm walking around checking classroom equipment and I smile a bit every time I see an Apple portable.
  7. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Ya that sucks. I REALLY don't want people like Wil on G4tv using a mac. They don't deserve it.
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    My university's IT department promotes PCs over Macs (for reasons of cost, haha) but I see more and more students with iPods and Macs every day.
  9. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    it is nice to see but i believe it is your point of reference.
    if you are a professional you are likely to hang out with other professional.
    coffee shops are full of mac lovers.

    university students, business purchases, etc are the areas to watch for really market growth.
  10. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2006
    75% of the new computers at my highschool are macs (mostly macbooks, a few pros, including mine). The school itself owns several dozen ibooks and macbooks, as well as quite a few emacs and iMacs (even a new 20in CDs). The macbook seduced a huge number of people into switching. At least thats what I've seen...
  11. SiCbe macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Belgium, Maaseik
    yeah same in my school... Alot of people in my class already have apples.

    Though some people now refuse to buy an apple. They say they really want one but everyone has them now... And they all look the same. They can't have a laptop that "nobody" else has. I think thats a load of crap :-D. I don't care if the one sitting next to me is working on a lappy that looks exactly the same as mine... It's just too much fun working with OSX :D
  12. ToastMaster macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2005
    Tacoma, WA
    Well, if you really have to be one for individuality, you can always be one of those people that covers their MacBook in stickers and stuff.

  13. Avenger23 macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2001
    Clovis, NM
    I especially enjoy seeing Apple products being used out and about... and I love hearing that buying their Mac was a great decision. :D I only used to see them when I worked for my local school district as a Mac Tech Specialist.
  14. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Mac popularity in my network of friends has exploded since the switch to Intel. Everybody also seems to take Bootcamp/Parallels into consideration on purchase, but not one (afaik) has used either since experiencing OS X.

    Exciting times? We'll see!
  15. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yeah i see tons of mac laptops on campus here at Georgia State. but there are tons of pcs too though. i'm actually in class right now, and my teacher is using an ibook (matlab class)
  16. Dubba macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2006
    Nairobi, Kenya
    I generally think this is a good thing.

    However, I don't think that there will ever be mass acceptance, as the common/mass consumer is not bright or open minded enough to try something new and make the switch.
  17. joshwest macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2005
    I see quite a few of them around nashville, but i like watching tv and movies and seeing how many i can spot. All the CSI shows have tons and tons. its kinda fun i am a nerd but when im with my g/f i call out powerbook macbook imac when i see them on the screen :p
  18. fotografica macrumors 68040

    Jan 7, 2006
    LOTS of them here in Boston,Cambridge and the surrounding areas.I am wondering if the people that buy them just because of their looks or coolness factor,have any idea of the potential of OS-X?
  19. dman153 macrumors newbie


    Nov 2, 2006
    South Carolina
    Well..... in south carolina you see very little Apple computers. But me I have nothing but apple. Plus I think I only know a few people with Macs. VERY SAD! Everybody should have one!
  20. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I'm at Wesleyan, and I'd say 50-60% of the laptops I see are macs, with about a 50/50 split of the macs being MB and MBP. not used to being surrounded by other mac users!
  21. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    A lot of computers around here at Bradley are Macs now... not just laptops.
  22. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    yeah, at least Apple mac is pretty good in the education market (it's been always NO.1 but recently Dell took over it for two years. it will be catching up shortly). otherwise, mac needs more spot in reality. about 5.5%(?) growing up in the market so far. if Mac could pass 10% mark, from price to spec will be much better than ever, and you will see more fanboys around you.
  23. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    It's funny... at least 1/3 of the laptops I saw at my college (if not closer to 50%) were Macs... but Mac still only has approx. 5-7% marketshare. I don't think it would ever overtake Dell, but it might. People are buying Hondas more often than Hyundais, even though Hondas cost more.
  24. rw1979 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm in my final year of Computer Science at Uni and iBook/PB/MacBook/MBP owners outnumber PC laptops about 2 to 1. It started with just one guy getting an iBook about two and a bit years ago and raving about it to everyone and as someone else bought a Mac they too would be saying wonderful things about it.
  25. nickane macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2005
    I've noticed this too. Altho at least 25% of ppl at my uni who had laptops seem to have macs, the statistic was more surprising on the train to and from uni, where there was at least that amount but the users tended to be professionals. What's most interesting about this is that I left uni last year, so my point of reference is before the intel switch.

    TBH, I think its just that Mac users are more likely to use theirs in public cos they tend to be prouder of them. Lots of ppl buy windoze laptops and don't use them after a year cos they get so crapped up so quickly and they can't be bothered to reformat them. Often I'm surprised to learn that some of my friends even have them cos they never use them. Some student friends of mine were making heavy use of a single mactop for their entire 4 year degree. However, I would expect Apple to have double the marketshare in laptops vs desktops, simply because laptops are fragile and bitty but Mactops feel like a unified whole rather than a bunch of downsized components encased in plastic. NTM the fact that Apple invented the laptop. It is also fairly easy to have a PC at home, but use a mactop for roaming without compatibility issues nowadays. But then, if you knew enough about macs to know that, you'd probably want a mac desktop anyways ;)

    But then they cost a bomb, and cos of their potential longevity, private individuals don't ugrade them so often. And of course, Dell & co will always win the big contracts, cos making the apple switch for a consumer isn't really much of a gamble, other than the surplus expense over an equivalent specced PC; but for a business, it costs much more, especially if it doesn't work out and staff demand that you switch back. Its kind of like a person trying to go to church every sunday for a year to see if it enriches their life versus signing up your entire corporation to a cult that demands big donations, insists you use its specially-approved medical facilities and will cost you a great deal in psychiatric bills if you ever decide its time for everyone to leave.

    That said, if the statistics seem modest now, imagine how many new macs and potential switchers we'll be noticing when its 10/15/20%. Eventually, the IT guys, whose livelihood depends on their knowledge of windows, will have to give in and start buying what most of the office wants to use. And by then, Macs should be able to network better in large numbers. Personally, I expect the whole thing to snowball over the coming years, but then there's probably quite a lot of scientologists who feel the same way about their "religion".

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