Have we reached 1 Mac in every 2 homes?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by LeandrodaFL, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    About 10 percent of computers run Mac OS, right?

    Lets assume that the average family consists of father, mother, 2 sons, and that each has its own desktop computer. Now lets trow in 1 mobile computer that a parent may need for work, or a son for college. Thats 5 computers in a home...possibly more....ok, not everyone has 2 kids, but some have 3 or 4.

    Heck, I live alone and I own 4 computers myself.....(Air for college, macmini for life, windows gaming PC, Linux HTPC) So lets be fair and call 5 PCs per home.

    Man, that means that every 2 apartmenst/house, someone has a Mac! Thats a lot of Macs in my building!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's a lot of highly erroneous assumptions. Try the millions or billions who don't own a single computer, or the families that have to share one, because they can't afford more.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You should become a statistician. Seems like you're pretty good at math.
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    We Are Nowhere Near

    That figure. IF it's applied to home users. Almost all of my friends run high end PC stuff. They come here, look at my setup, play with it and say 'I'm definitely going Mac next time"

    The corporate IT. situation is almost entirely Windows based. Okay, I know that high end design and CAD companies use Mac's, but that;s not new.

    Windows (it would seem) still has the Lions (sorry about the pun) share of the domestic and corporate market.
  6. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
  7. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    In the US. Other places where Macs are sold this is typically about 5%.

    I reject the premise that each has their own desktop computer.

    Not every parent needs a computer for work. Many people would, in any event, only have one computer for personal and work. Especially a poor college student.

    I think it is fair to say you living alone with 4 computers is the anomaly. I could say I live with my fiance and we share one computer (and one iPad), but I wouldn't base all my assumptions around everyone living that way.

    The final assumption you have made is that people randomly purchase a Mac or a PC without thinking. I'd suggest that where there is one Mac in a house there are likely to be others.

    Conclusion- you are guilty of stats abuse and I sentence you to one hour studying wikipedia's "outline of statistics" page here.
  8. Usual macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2011
    Not in Turkey.

    ı really hate the situation of Apple in Turkey.

    You can not buy a new version of Iphone on time, because you need to wait 4 months, always!

    For the computers (MBA, MBP etc) the distributor does not work well. The prices are extremely high, you can not find every version easily.

    This is not the same with other brands, Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, Dell, Sony etc. They are always in the same day, with all other countries... :(
  9. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Hmmm 4 computers in one home? If it wasn't for me they'd be just one in my home that everyone shares at. Since I'm the geek of the family, I have about 7 (soon to be 8), and there is one Windows XP PC for the rest of the household to do their stuff on.
  10. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    This covers it very nicely. Too many questionable assumptions. Very risky (not to mention mathematically weak) when you have to make so many assumptions.

    Nice try - fun to do stuff like that - but lacking validity.:D
  11. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    hahaha, this is meant to be fun, not statistically correct, thanks for sharing your opinions
  12. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Statistics is serious business. 94% of statisticians agree.
  13. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Let's assume 10 people per home and that everyone in the world buys a computer every financial quarter (so everyone upgrades every 3 months or so).

    Let's also assume Apple's 10% market share is world wide.

    Everyone home now has a Mac.

    Thank you.
  14. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    As has been said, there is a HUGE percentage of households that still have no PC or have only one. I'd say its a stretch that 1/10 households have a Mac because many Mac households ARE the multi-computer household (we have 4 computers, 3 are Macs) thus eating up 3 Macs out of your 10% number. I'd say maybe 1/20 or 1/25 houses have a Mac in them.
  15. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Don't know about you guys, but I am not in the least concerned about what anyone else has in their home... as long as my home has a Mac
  16. imotionb18 macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    . We have one desktop pc, a macbook pro (family of 3). I know a whole lot of people who only have one computer for their households.
  17. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
  18. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Where are all the daughters? And where do you live that each person has their own desktop computer? Most families I know have 1 family computer and kids around 18 have a laptop. The parents might have a laptop too, but often don't.

    You need to re-evaluate your average family.
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    FWIW (instead of pasting in a facepalm)... a 2009 study (link) put the figure at 12% of homes that own computers. As of 11/2008, 80.6% of US homes had a computer (that was almost a year earlier), which would put the % of US homes with a Mac somewhere around 10% in 2009....
  20. G4er? macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2009
    Temple, TX
    My family has gone from all four of us sharing one Mac to three Windows laptops and my still plugging away on the old G4 PowerMac. I don't need the overkill of the Mac Pro but the mini and the iMac aren't what I'm looking for.

    If something between the mini and the Mac Pro shows up I'll stay Mac. If not then after 18 years of using Mac I'll likely follow the rest of the family and go Windows.

    I flat out asked my oldest daughter if she wanted an iPhone and she said no. She says she see's no need to have one. She says it is too big for what she does and that the size of her Blackberry is fine. She does like her iPod though.

    Apple reaches tons of people with its product line but there are gaps in it and potential customers are failing to be reached.
  21. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm not sure if we've reached 1 Mac in every 2 homes (though as far as iOS products go, the figures are probably astronomical), however here's the latest on Mac share:


    Explosive growth takes Apple’s Mac to over 5% global market share, a 15-year high

    “Fueled by strong gains in Asia Pacific during the September quarter, Apple saw its worldwide share of the PC market pass the 5 percent mark for the first time in 15 years, according to a new analysis,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.
    “Analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co. informed investors on Wednesday that Mac shipment growth in the third quarter of calendar 2011 outpaced the PC market for the 22nd straight quarter,” Ong reports. “Apple’s 24.6 percent growth dwarfed the 5.3 percent growth in total PC shipments.”

    Ong reports, “The Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker posted record Mac sales of 4.89 million for the period. According to Wolf, that was enough to push Apple past the “magic 5 percent mark,” up from 4.7 percent in June and 4.4 percent a year ago.”




    Do note that Apple is also on the verge of another record Mac quarter:


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