Apple still synonymous of being hipster?

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  1. Nikomanz macrumors regular

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    With apple being one of the biggest, and most rich company in the world, is it still considered a "hipster" trend in the united states?

    If you think about it, apple has stores all over the world. They have a 40% market share in smartphones category, and nearly a 20% on the laptop and desktop market.

    So do you believe that apple is still a hipster brand, or a multinational, billion dollar company?

    It sometimes irritates me that people who don't own apple products sometimes immediately label an apple owner as a hipster (heck, even i did it before)

    So whats your take?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    my take is of indifference and not caring about labels
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    It's both, and not without sin.

    But they make a damn fine product.

    (/endthread)
     
  4. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    Is Apple a hipster brand? No. Will you see a hipster without an Apple product? Most certainly not.

    Though it is funny given the price of Apple products (or their associated data plans) and trade practices, you'd figure hipsters would hate Apple just like they hate Coca-Cola, Nestle, or Russell Athletics, but Apple products are just too shiny and cool!
     
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    This.
    Being on Twitter has taught me a lot about how teenagers care and get upset over such things. Do the bloody hell what you want to do.
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I don't know how they do it, but somehow most people have an Apple product - and yet you're still considered "cool" by having one. I guess "cool" is the new average? :confused: More confusing yet, you're not considered "uncool" by not having one - it makes no sense in my head.
     
  8. OutThere macrumors 603

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    If anything, the fact that hipsters embrace Apple products is somewhat surprising, and a testament to how strong Apple's draw really is. Apple has been completely mainstreamed, but hipsters are so turned off by conformity (or at least conformity to things outside of hipsterdom) and conventional style, and so motivated to drive out the conventional with their ironically outdated, ugly and oft ridiculous clothes, affections, beards, moustaches, tattoos, glasses, and living quarters, that you might think they'd also eschew Apple products.
     
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    Hating Apple is the new cool thing, so in turn, liking apple still makes you a hipster
     
  10. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    I'm not trying to point out a big trend or anything, just making an observation. In my course at uni, you can pretty much pick out the A-grade students by looking at their laptops (a Windows machine), where as the mildly smart ones have a MBP, and the thick-as-mud ones have regular Macbooks. The really thick ones tend to include the hipsters.
     
  11. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Dont know anymore.. Don't feel as in touch as I used to be...
     
  12. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    This and also that Justin Bieber fans really need to expand their interests :/
     
  13. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Sauce plz.

    Last time a survey was done, wasn't the figure closer to 5%?
     
  14. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Now that iOS devices are available through a variety of carriers & resellers they've become commonplace.

    In major metropolitan cities like SF, LA, NY, all markets I work in, they're everywhere.

    Drug dealers, crack addicts, kids of every demographic, prostitutes, high society women & men. You name it, they all carry iPhones. It's no big deal any longer.

    It's just a smartphone.
     
  15. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

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    Most people have never heard of Apple before. Trust me
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    It wasn't, and is not currently, hipster. Sure, Apple sell popular products, but products for hipsters? No.
     
  17. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Definitely true in a way in my experience. Either people have no clue who Apple is, or they think they only make iDevices.
     
  18. Burro99 macrumors member

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    Not having your own style is what defines hipsterism. It's possible to own apple products and go in either direction.
     
  19. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Ironically enough, it's the hipster culture that (partially) pushed me away from Apple. I hate the hipster culture, and since Apple is a symbol of that, I actively hide my Apple logos.
     
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    Hipster isn't the right word for it, but there is no right word for it so people use hipster lol. It's just cool to hate on Apple.

    Also I'm not sure about those numbers... Apple has like 15% of phone market and 5% of PC market.
     
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    I think it's the latter. It's a multinational billion dollar company that makes a lot of great products, and stirs up a lot of hype in the process - while at the same time doing what tons of other multinationals are doing in terms of employing multiple strategies to ensure profit, including the exploitation of workers in Asia. I don't think they're any better or worse than other multinationals in that regard.

    I think there are still hipster elements left, definitely - and the iPad section of this forum clearly has signs of extreme religiosity.
     
  25. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    My 76 year old grandparents have iPhones. Its definitely not hip anymore.
     

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