Is it mostly men on this forum? And: Wash Post "Apple is doomed. Except it's not"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stever500, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. stever500 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2009
    Gaithersburg, MD.
    It seems that most of the people on this iMac, Mac Mini and other Mac forums in general are men. Is this more of a guy thing - posting questions and learning more about our hardware and software (no pun intended)?

    On my car webforums it's almost ALL guys. Same thing on my watch webforums. On this Mac forum, is it about the same, mostly guys or are there tons of women also posting on here?

    I just find it curious, that's all. I'm grateful to have found this forum. It's helped me immeasurably. I just visited a new neighbor in my neighborhood today and noticed a gorgeous 20" iMac on her desk. She said she JUST got it the other day. I asked her if she knew that the new 21.5" machines were available now as of Tuesday and she didn't know anything about it. I told her I found out from and she gave me a look like "You freak, you're on a web forum about computers? What a geek". :eek:)

    Also, I thought Apple might have run ads - TV ads, or print ads about these new iMacs but I haven't seen anything. There was an article in the Washington Post about them but that was it. Is this not a big deal for Apple that they didn't need to run any ads yet? Maybe they're coming soon. I would have thought I'd see it in the news, on local and national news, but nothing at all. A pretty tame launch of an incredibly updated product.

    The article in the post said (shortened a bit):

    "Recession not making a dent in Apple's pricey product line. Meet your next computer: It's no cheaper than the model it replaced, and it's new features consist of processor and memory upgrades you probably won't notice and some design refinements you've lived just fine without until now.

    In that light, the rather pricey new desktop and laptop computers Apple introduced Tuesday morning should flop in the market. Apple's updated MacBook and iMac and Mac Mini models may look sharp, but Windows based computers can cost half as much - even before you factor in Apple's inflated charges for memory and storage upgrades. Since there's a recession going on and we're all smart capitalists, buyers will undoubtedly switch to more affordable alternatives. Clearly, Apple is doomed.

    Except, it's not. In it's quarterly earnings announcement Monday, the company blew away Wall Street's expectation, shipping more Macs in a quarter than ever before - 3.05 million - for a 1.67 billion profit. The NY Times noted that 'Macintosh sales have now grown faster than the rest of the PC market in 19 of the last 20 quarters.'

    TechCrunch marveled at the firm's $34 billion cash reserves - more than the entire market value of Dell or Yahoo.

    The results suggest that Apple has been able to accomplish something that a functioning market should make nearly impossible - rake in consistently higher profit margins for a product that could be replaced by cheaper alternatives from other suppliers.

    The best explanation for it may be seen sitting in traffic right now: Apple has made a business out of selling a premium product, just like BMW, Cadillac or Lexus.

    As PC builders keep having their profit margins squeezed, they have fewer resources to devote to high-end consumer products, while Apple's focus on the most profitable end of the market leaves it with ever more money to dump into product design. Or buying small islands"

    I can't wait to get my new 27". I just want to see it in a store first to be sure. I see lots of women in the stores, but are their really that many on these forums?

    I guess, guys will be guys:) And of course that old expression: Guy's and their toys.
    Steve R
  2. DDave macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2009
    hey that's cool. Someone being honest about the computer makers. I'll bet they have a mac :D
  3. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Was Apple doomed when it was worth $12/share in 1997? Those that bought $1000 of it and now have $70,000 don't think so.
  4. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    I just bought my new mini 2.26 yesterday and already have Windows XP installed in a virtual machine and it works very well. My PC can't run Snow Leopard in a virtual shell. Apple is doomed? Right...
  5. stever500 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2009
    Gaithersburg, MD.
    So, are we mostly men here? Do women actually frequent and post on these forums much? If not, I wonder why?

    I plan to hunt and gather a new iMac very soon.:cool:
  6. Kate. macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    It's definitely mostly men. But there are women who post regularly. :)
  7. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Most women don't care about the processor, or what RAM, or a harddrive they have. They don't care about every little detail of there computer.

    They just want the computer to work. If they have a problem there not going to come here, find a solution and fix it themselves. Most of them don't at least.

    Plus, there all hanging out in the fashion/mothering/cooking forums.......At least my wife is.
  8. Kate. macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    Ouch. Be careful with your generalizations. :)
  9. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    female here. And yes, I've been on car forums also. Just bought one too.
  10. hotpinksharpie macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    New York, NY
    Have lurked here for ages, but had to get a user id to reprazent. I'm female and I love this forum. Just have never had anything constructive to add so haven't posted. Off today to buy my new imac...ironically the only reason I haven't purchased it yet is I've been poring over all the various specs - processor speed, RAM, screen resolution, graphics card etc - to try to decide which is the best fit. Go figure. I suppose I should have just been doing my hair ;)

    Will add my review to the new owners thread when I've had a chance to use it.
  11. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    Well, the real question is how many women have Macs and don't hang out on computer forums? We'll never know since they aren't here. :)

    My wife uses her Mac without caring one bit about computer news. If it wasn't for me, she'd know nothing at all about when new Macs are released. I made her really laugh when I told her the "bad news" that her Mac Mini is now obsolete. I was all ready to provide support in her time of need, too...
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    :Raises hand: Female here, and a middle-aged one, to boot. I've been on MR for four years, having first come here to learn more about Macs since I was contemplating buying one. Bought one (G5 iMac) and was promptly hooked. Been hanging around here ever since! I am a bit of a geek and a bit of a gearhead so I do tend to frequent places where I can learn more about my tech toys......
  13. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I have noticed something here. This forum is probably mostly men but women are like morally offended when you don't include them (like a thread title "hey guys what should I do").Also, women are FAR more vocal about being here when they feel isolated or excluded.
  14. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Apple doesn't usually run product specific ads unless there is a major model change, etc. So you won't see many new ads for the new iMacs.

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