Why Are Macs So Common In Coffee Shops?

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  1. Goona macrumors 68020

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    Every coffee shop I go to is full of Macs, are Mac users heavy drinkers of coffee. You would think Macs were the majority considering their presence in coffee shops like Starbucks and Second Cup.
     
  2. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Two points :
    Observational bias - you will notice them because you want to, and with that damn glowing apple logo, they're hard to miss.

    Socio-economics - Mac's are expensive, so successful people, the sorts of people who have a lot of cash and need to work on the go, are more likely to have them, and are also the type who'll pay $X for a skinny latte with a double shot of espresso.
     
  3. rowsdower macrumors 6502

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    Maybe people who buy them want to show them off. Maybe they appeal to the type of people who frequent coffee shops. Observational bias is also a good bet.
     
  4. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

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    Trendy looking people who do the trendy thing of hanging out at coffee shops want a trendy looking computer?


    Lethal
     
  7. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Along with Apple products, you may also notice the over abundance of A&F or Hollister apparel on the younger customers . . . ;)
     
  8. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    Because they're sexy

    Because they're sexy and usually sexy people are in coffee shops :)
     
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    a freelance writer, designer, musician is going to likely be working at least in part at coffee shops and the like. An IT tech or UNIX admin are far more likely to have offices.

    I frequent a coffee shop where a lot of us are freelance, whether by choice or not. The Web guys are using macs, the writers are using macs, the dude who works for Activision has a mac, I have a mac. My buddy that does web stats and my buddy that does marketing use their PCs.

    Of course there is also the fad factor.
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Who knows, but I've always (tongue in cheek) said it was clear that the first iPhone was designed by Apple engineers who spent all their time in such places:

    1) No 3G. Instead, a reliance on having ubiquitous free WiFi.
    2) A touchscreen unusable outside in the cold with gloves on.
    3) Glass screen and pretty, but easily scratchable body.

    In other words, a California style phone. ;)

    Phones designed by people in the cold, mean Northeast would come out more rugged, usable with gloves, and wouldn't rely on anything "free" being available. lol
     
  11. Surely Guest

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    I feel like going to Starbucks for a few hours today to do a little work and use my free 2 hours of wifi. I don't feel like staying home and working all day. Should I cover up my MBP so I'm not showing off?


    Or some of us have the freedom to work where we please?

    I guess I'm trendy then.



    EDIT: I'm at Starbucks now. Lookitme showing off!!! Everyone's soooooo jealous. :D
     
  12. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure you do. But Starbucks? Sheesh.
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    haha. Took the words right out of my mouth.
     
  14. Surely Guest

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    Sheesh?

    I'm sitting here, chilled out, enjoying my Grande Vanilla Latte, listening to the HockeyCentral at Noon podcast, watching the college girls file in and out, talking with some friends that are also here, and getting some decent work done.:D

    Sounds good to me.
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I'm actually going to bet on this. People who bring their Macs to coffee shops are people who are working on a hard philosophy class paper, working on their manuscript, or just checking Facebook in public. Everyone else is doing something relevant.
     
  16. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

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    Fair play. Not going to argue with that!
     
  17. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    people that use Mac's are making a statement, sitting in a coffee shop with your mac on display makes a bigger statement ;)
     
  18. Jon-Luke macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it's because Mac laptop batteries actually last long enough to do some work... That was my biggest complaint about my old Sony Viao after about 6 months of use the battery life was only about 45mins. 1 hour 15mins on a good day when I wasn't using my wifi and the Bluetooth was off... Not much use in a coffee shop.

    But I have noticed more use of netbooks in coffee shops. But I would agree that there seem to be more Macs in coffee shops than any other brand!
     
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    OK, so having a mac is bad. Having coffee outside of your own home is bad. And working while drinking coffee is double bad?
     
  21. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    It does fit the show-offy stereotype of Mac users. I wouldn't take my computer with me to a coffee shop in a million years. There's no point, unless you want to look like you're working in one of the most distracting places, meaning you're not actually doing anything that couldn't be done in five minutes elsewhere.
     
  22. yycguy macrumors newbie

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    I have an macbook, like starbucks, wear A&F AND I am styling. What pisses me off about all these mac users in starbucks is they take up a table for 4 for 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 hours!!!

    P.s. did I say that I am styling!!!
     
  23. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Because with Macs, unlike pcs, you don't have to wait 5 minutes for the computer to be usable, cancel out of virus scan updates, or wait 5 minutes to shut down.

    Plus the long battery life.

    So anyone with a computer outside of their house is a "show off"?

    FYI, I've seen computers at McDonald. They are PCs.
     
  24. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    My personal experience is that Mac's are for the more artistic than academic people (in terms of people's jobs), and I've a had several meetings about radio shows, producing and record deals in coffee shops. I don't pay the outrageous ££ they charge for a simple cuppa tho.

    The academic workers, have meetings in business rooms and increasingly online.
     
  25. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    quoted to make a point.

    Kool kids go to sterbux, rite? Loosers go to Mcdanlds.

    Thanks for supporting my point. :D
     

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