Survey: Did you ever make your friend switch over to a Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by deuk1219, Oct 28, 2011.


Did you ever make your friend switch over to a Mac? If so, how many?

  1. Never.

    16 vote(s)
  2. 1 person

    5 vote(s)
  3. 2 people

    13 vote(s)
  4. 3 people

    15 vote(s)
  5. 4 people

    5 vote(s)
  6. 5 people

    4 vote(s)
  7. 6+ people

    18 vote(s)
  1. deuk1219 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I loaned my friend a spare Macbook Pro I had lying around and he was fully convinced within a week.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    When I switched

    He had to.....I looked after all his PC stuff. He is going to get my iPhone 4 as well (don't know if iPads count) but he has an ipad1 too.
  4. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I got my brother, mother, father, and a friend to get iPhones if that counts, but I generally steer people away from buying a Macs
  5. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    I've advised many friends and acquaintances over the years. Eight have switched and each of them often thank me for suggesting a Mac.

    Three others who ended up getting Windows PCs, had system crashes and regretted not going the Mac route. But still bought replacement Win PCs.
    They all had the same reason. Price.
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I got my:

    Brother in Law
    and 8 friends

    to all switch to Mac. It was insanely worth it. They all are very happy and enjoy computers now.

    I have Windows Vista (pre-service pack 1) to thank for all of that. Its failure to be able to copy large amounts of data from one drive to another is the reason I went and bought a Mac, and never looked back.

    I still have a few others I need to convince, one friend has went through 5 Win machines (2 HP's, 2 Sony's, and a Compaq) in 4 years and still refuses to buy a Mac.
  7. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  8. JKColo22 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2009
    Well you must enjoy inflicting misery.
  9. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Not as much as you seem to enjoy judging people with no actual understanding for the reason they do things.
  10. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    A grad school bound friend made the switch, followed by her sisters, and now her mother. The father, I switched to Ubuntu. He was still using windows ME so anything was an improvement.
  11. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  12. tyche macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    I got a co worker to get a Mac pro notebook when he w looking for a portable. He does a lot of Linux and Unix support and likes to tinker on the command line.

    It came with Snow Leopard and worked great for him. I warned him to avoid Lion for now due to problems people are having with it on portables but he went ahead and now it acts up/hangs on him. So at least he understands it's his fault for rushing and still likes the hardware.
  13. MacHamster68, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i got 3 people convinced to get Mac's in 2009 , all bought the 27"iMac's .

    2 of them had one trouble after the other until 2011 , it looks like now after the iMac's had all parts replaced multiple times during Apple Care that they work well now .

    The 3rd who bought his iMac in november 2009 was not that patient and switch back to windows and to a Dell xps AIO in beginning 2010 ,after 5 returns of his iMac without solving the problems (only got worse ), and because of that he says "dare to mention Mac's again in my presents "

    since then i keep my mouth shut and stopped convincing people to buy Mac's instead of PC's
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think in the life time of using Macs, I convinced a few people. To be honest, I always recommend the best platform, and in some cases that is the PC.
  15. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Advised a couple of friends to get iPhones. They did.

    Within a month they both bought Macs and haven't looked back.

    Gateway device indeed.
  16. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2003
    Scranton, PA
    I've converted/gave tech help/word of mouth advertising so much over the last decade that Apple should be mailing me checks each month.
  17. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    easily 6 plus people. it was fun and easy to convince ppl to switch...:)
  18. Montanan macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2003
    As the resident geek among my family and friends, I convinced several of them to switch when I told them I was finally going to stop providing technical support for their crappy Windows machines. :)

    None of them has ever looked back, though.
  19. stev3n macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
    I bought my parents a 24" iMac and switched it with their PC while they were at work.
  20. Annerz macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    My friend was having trouble with her pcand getting tons of viruses. she was never interested in getting a mac because she thought it would be hard to use after having a pc for so long. but ended up getting a macbook pro and loves it. and then she bought an iphone 4.
  21. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    oooo great thread.

    • My brother - He was using this old POS toshiba running XP i think it was a celeron puke pot. Full of viruses ( i think you can imagine what websites were visited LoL ). Constantly freezing. He was always on at me about a web cam to talk to his friends etc. So i bought him a Macbook. He still has it to this day.
    • My Work colleague, was a linux user since he joined the company i have moved him over to mac, he bought his mac the same day i did as we were both in the store and they where offering a deal. By the Macbook Pro with apple get and get a free iPod touch 8 GB First gen. His MBP has suffered fan failures so him being him and modded it these where bought in 2008 so out of warranty. Mine is out as of this month.
    • My other work colleague i managed to convince him to get a MBA 13 inch. After months of him uming and arrring he bought one.
    • My Dad, i have migrated over to mac. First i gave him my old PPC g4 Mac Mini to use as a rig running leopard but was very slow for what he wanted to do which was photos / internet general stuff. The opportunity arose at work when i had a 24 inch iMac come into the work shop that had suffered severe damage ( Book shelf fell on it ) Cracked glass bent stand etc. I fixed that up ( it still has no glass LoL ) re bent the stand and it is 100 percent working iMac for him. 2.93 C2D 4 GB Ram 1 TB HDD. he uses that for everything + his iTunes server for the apple tv! He now has a iPhone 4 - he got rid of his old company phone finally!
  22. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    I've got a few friends who would like to switch to Macs and iPhones/iPads, they probably will eventually when/if they can afford it, but as it stands I have converted no one...

    It is a bummer when you're the only one within a group who is an Apple user, I have no use for iMessage, FaceTime, iChat, AirDrop, Multiplayer Apps, Find my Friends, and probably others I can't remember.

  23. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Not to worry, times are changing.
  24. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    3 people have gone Mac after seeing my experience with it, my dad, his girlfriend and a close female friend.
    I don`t push Apple on anyone and in the case of my mother I advised her to go with a Windows machine because of the Windows Only software she requires.
    The cost of a Mac to simply run Win7 on makes no sense at all which is a shame as I feel she would be happier with OSX.

    These days, to me, there is no Mac vs PC, you simply buy what suits your requirements, budget and personal preference.

    My best friend is the most rabidly anti-Apple person I know.
  25. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    At least four, but probably more. I don't go around evangelizing Mac computers, but if the topic comes up I go to town. I'm not argumentative about it, but I can give practical explanations for any retort die-hard Windows fanboys come back with.

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