Help, Guides, and News on making the Switch To Apple Macintosh Computers
January 2006 Archives
A nice read on the new Intel powered iMac. The writer starts off by giving a review of the iMac and his experience with various software installed on the system. The writer ends by stating:
Apple's earnings are due out today at 2pm PST. Wall Street analysts are looking for earnings ranging from 59 cents to 69 cents per share on revenue of $5.7 billion for the December quarter. Estimate have moved up following Steve Jobs' keynote speech at last week's Macworld Expo. The EPS estimates ranges from $1.95 to $2.53. Fiscal year 2006 estimates range from $19.4 billion to $22.3 billion, an increase of $2 billion to $3 billion over 2005.
Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs stated at Macworld 2006 that sales for Apple's December quarter exceeded expectations on strong demand for the company's iPod music players. Revenue for the quater came in at $5.7 billion, well above the $5.04 billion average estimate of analysts. In addition, the company's retail stores posted revenue of more than $1 billion for the first time in their history. Shares soared to a record high following the announcement.
Professional, Consumer, Prosumer, or Transitive?
Mac users generally fall into one of two primary classes, Professional or Consumer. There are however two additional user types to acknowledge, Prosumer and Transitive. All four user types are the focus of this article as identifying your user type will help you choose your Mac and make the switch that much easier. Based on your primary user type, Apple has hardware and software to cater to your computing needs and requirements. Apple currently offers six Mac models that can be customized to suit your unique style and needs. A benefit of purchasing a Mac is that the hardware and software are truly integrated, Apple designs both the hardware and the Mac OS X operating system.
Clearly, Macs are showing up more and more in everyday places. Perhaps a family member, friend, colleague, or classmate has recently switched and you want to understand what encouraged them to buy a Mac. Perhaps you're seeing more people using Apple products and want to know why there's so much Apple and Mac buzz these days. Perhaps you've made the decision to purchase a Mac but need some help on how to move forward.
If any of these situations apply, you need to start thinking about and answering a few or all of the following questions:
- Do you have some questions about Macs or simply want to learn more about what today's Macs have to offer?
- Are you a Windows user tired of the PC platform?
- Have you had enough of Windows' security holes and vulnerabilities?
- Are you willing to free your computing experience of viruses, spyware, malware, malicious code, and exploits?
- Are you ready to start enjoying your computing experience?
- Are you ready become a more productive computer user?
- Are you ready to become a more knowledgeable computer user?
- Are you ready to leverage today's digital lifesytle with ease?
- Do you own an iPhone and/or iPod and considering purchasing your first Mac?
This is the first post on how one begins the process of switching to a Mac. The objective of this post is to get you to start thinking about the answers to a few general but simple questions:
- Where to start?
- What kind of user are you?
- Which Mac should you buy?
- What misconceptions have I heard about Macs?
- How do you use a Mac and OS X?
- Will I be able to use my existing documents and files?
- Can a Mac handle today's popular file types?
- What to transfer and install on your new Mac and how?