REVISITED: Switchers, how long have you been using a Mac?

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Revisited: Switchers, how long have you been using a Mac?

  1. I plan on switching sometime in the near future..

    7 vote(s)
    2.9%
  2. I switched because of the iPod..

    15 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. I switched because of the iPhone..

    5 vote(s)
    2.1%
  4. I switched for the iMac/Mini..

    21 vote(s)
    8.8%
  5. I switched for the MB/MBA/MBP..

    26 vote(s)
    10.9%
  6. I switched for the MP..

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  7. I just switched for Leopard..

    16 vote(s)
    6.7%
  8. I switched during Tiger's lifetime..

    53 vote(s)
    22.3%
  9. I switched during Panther's lifetime..

    22 vote(s)
    9.2%
  10. I switched during Jaguar's lifetime..

    13 vote(s)
    5.5%
  11. I switched prior to Aug 2002..

    19 vote(s)
    8.0%
  12. I'm a Mac "Lifer"..

    26 vote(s)
    10.9%
  13. I'm not switching from XP / Vista..

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  14. The obligatory "Other"..

    11 vote(s)
    4.6%
  15. I switched because of Boot Camp..

    4 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #1
    3 years ago I put up a poll (on another site) that asked, how long have you been using a Mac?
    From 1669 voters, the choices & responses where:

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    I plan on switching sometime in the near future..    57     3.42%
    I just switched for the Mac Mini..                   39     2.34%
    I just switched for Tiger..                          91     5.45%
    I switched during Panther's lifetime..              256    15.34%
    I switched during Jaguar's lifetime..               155     9.29%
    I switched prior to Aug 2002..                       87     5.21%
    I've been a Mac user for more than 5 years..        163     9.77%
    I'm a Mac "Lifer"..                                 781    46.79%
    I'm putting all my eggs in the Longhorn basket..      7     0.42%
    The obligatory "Other"..                             33     1.98%
    Well, a lot has changed with Apple since those days, and I'm curious what has changed with the (MR) user demigraphic.
    Once again..Let's vote and see!

    Me, I'm a Mac lifer, though I do own a PC. Gotta play games!

    What about you?

    EDIT:

    I'd like to note that in the original poll, I fully expected Tiger and the Mini to be the driving force behind "switching". But that's really not how it panned out.
     
  2. chapel321 macrumors member

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    #2
    I've only been using a Mac for about a year, why oh why did I wait so long??? Oh well, I'm definitely hooked now!
    :apple::apple::apple:
     
  3. netdog macrumors 603

    netdog

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    #3
    Started with a PowerBook Duo (in 92?).

    Lost the stomach for Apple after my 7100 (94?). What a mess that machine was, yet it had so much potential.

    Got back on the bus with one of the very first B&W G3 towers with a studio display in 1999. Really wasn't impressed in the end.

    MacWorld 2006 was when I ordered a 20" iMac. Haven't used a WinPC since.
     
  4. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #4
    In my book, that's close enough to "lifer" for me. :)
     
  5. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    #5
    I clicked lifer - 21 years here, although I've used plenty of other things before and concurrently =]
     
  6. Sky Blue Guest

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    #6
    Our first home computer (used to use my dad's work Toshiba Windows 98 laptop before that) was an Indigo iMac in May 2001 that had 9.2 installed.
     
  7. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    #7
    I first used a Mac in about 1990 (Performa), but then used PCs in university up until 2005 or so. Since then I've had a powerbook at home and PCs at work.

    hmm, I guess I'll put lifer, then. :D
     
  8. NT1440 macrumors G4

    NT1440

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    #8
    ill be switching right after the macbook revisions =) the only reason i can actually stand the wait is because i need to get a job (beleive me not easy anymore for a 16 year old in summer) to raise the money.
     
  9. tMac85 macrumors 65816

    tMac85

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    #9
    first mac in 1995 then a break for 5 or so years. then back on after the ipod and straight through to now. once you go mac you never go back!
     
  10. grider macrumors newbie

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    #10
    I started using Mac since 2005. Thats makes me from the tiger era! :D
     
  11. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #11
    Don't all you CT people own yachts? :D
     
  12. bartelby macrumors Core

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    #12
    I've owned a Mac since 1995 but I have used them since about 1986/87.
     
  13. kgarner macrumors 68000

    kgarner

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    #13
    My dad bought the first Mac sold in our sales region (way back in '84). I have been using them ever since.
     
  14. NT1440 macrumors G4

    NT1440

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    #14


    yup, we also just stand idly by while people who get hit by cars lay in the street.


    We get a bad rep here in CT (im personally not a big fan of this place, but thats just the need for change that comes with being 16) but really we are just like any other place, unless of course you live where the money is, like greenwhich. If your there then yes, u get a yacht when u turn 3.
     
  15. bigjnyc macrumors 603

    bigjnyc

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    #15
    2 months. I'm a rookie, buying the iphone last year was what got me intrigued in mac computers.
     
  16. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a

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    #16
    November 5th, 2007 was the day I opened up the box and was introduced to my new lover - my MBP. I'd known for a year I would switch, just didn't have the funds, and was waiting for Leopard anyways (stupid delay after delay *grumble grumble*). Though I'd been stalking this forum for a while, I didn't truly start posting until a week or two before I actually committed to the purchase. Now I'm hooked and have convinced my mom that she needs to get one too. Told her I won't offer further IT support if she doesn't switch from her 4 year old dell to a shiny new iMac. She's convinced. And I may just get a "free" iPod touch out of it. Hooray. Switching makes everyone a winner!
     
  17. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #17
    Oh snap!

    Well, I am a Rhode Islander by birth, so I think the rep is well deserved! :)
     
  18. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    #18
    Used to always use them when I was in Uni (back in the late 90's) and for most of my career when I was a scientist.

    I actually bought my own back during Tiger though!
     
  19. godslabrat macrumors 6502

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    #19
    Well, my first Mac was a Mini, but it's tough to say I switched "because" of it. I think it's more correct to say I switched because of Vista. ;) That, and the fact that I had been thinking about getting a HTPC anyway, and I really wanted something that could run OSX.

    I'm very happy with it.
     
  20. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #20
    I realize this is a bit of a mixed poll..
    It's kind of a when & how poll, not quite what I intended.
    But I think it will suffice.

    The problem is, all the iPhone threads bury it :)
     
  21. shaunomacx macrumors member

    shaunomacx

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  22. BlakTornado Guest

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    #22
    Heh... I switched during Tiger's lifetime, but it was about two months before Leopard :p So I guess it still counts ;)

    Anyway, I'd wanted a Mac for about a year beforehand, and sold all my childhood possessions on Lego to save up for my iMac... £1000. Most money I've ever had in my life. But the exchange was completely worth it!
     
  23. ski2moro macrumors 6502

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    #23
    I think you should add a category. Boot Camp!

    I looked at a Mac for the first time when Boot Camp was announced. My business requires a Windows program that will never be Mac-compatible.

    I debated switching, and actually bought another Dell notebook in early 2006. It was delivered and ran so slowly, I sent it back. Dell sent another that ran at normal speed, but that one had a bad DVD drive. They sent a third one and when I removed the crapware, reformatted and installed the OS from the restore disks, the drivers were corrupt. I called Dell, spent hours on the phone with their so-called support, only to find out that the DVD drive they had installed was not one of the 3 brands they were supposed to use??!! They had no drivers for that DVD drive. They wanted me to send it in for repair. Instead, I sent it back to Dell and got my money back.

    As soon as the 17 inch MBPs were released in May, 2006, I got on the store's waiting list and got one in a week. I installed XP on Boot Camp and never looked back.

    I am a Switcher.
     
  24. friarbayliff macrumors regular

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    #24
    I switched when I bought my powerbook back in 2004 - haven't looked back since.
     
  25. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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