Where Are You Seeing More Macs?

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By: switchtoamac at: 4:10 AM on December 5, 2006 | Comments (19)
It is a well known fact that Mac sales have been on the upswing this year.  The reason for the increase is often the subject of debate. 

Some have taken the position that the increase is a result of the iPod "Halo Effect".  Others will argue that the security issues plaguing Windows have forced people to purchase a Mac.  Some will say that the driving force is the innovative end-to-end model that allows Apple to deliver the ultimate user experience on a Mac.

Reasons aside, those Macs have to end up somewhere!  So I'm taking an unscientific approach to this post by asking you, the visitors of this site to comment on Mac sightings.  The hope is that it will provide some insight into where Mac use is increasing.

  • Are you noticing more Macs in everyday places?
  • Do you see more Macs at your local coffee shop or library?
  • Have Macs become prevalent on college and high school campuses?
  • Where do see Macs that you didn't see in the past?
  • Is Mac usage on the rise at your place of work?

Share your experience by posting a comment.  Let others know where you have seen an increase in the number of Macs.

19 Reader Comments

Yes, i of course see more Macs - especially on MY desk ;)

But also lots of colleagues and friends bought a Mac in the last 2 years or think about buying one next year or are attracted by them in general.

So, this market share thing is not only hype, it´s really visible IMHO.

Yeah, we even got fancy wide screen macs at the Computing commons down at ASU, but 9 out of !0 times they're running windows thru bootcamp.
PS: ye failed to list bootcamp as one of yer reasons


you have a point here. bootcamp and the dramatic boost in speed through the switch to intel are key arguments.

i owned a PowerBook 17" last year and i am amazed by the speed of my new 15" MBP. so for me, the switch to intel means "performance" in the first place, a good reason for people to have an eye on Apple as well: a fast OS with a fast CPU :)

Where am I seeing more Macs?

...In my home. I've bought 2 in the past year, which previously was a Windows-only environment. I find iLife a wonderful suite.



I still feel like it's a minority. I know that I happen to notice a lot more if someone is using a mac anywhere I go, but I don't believe i'm seeing any more.

I've have seen a significant increase in the number of Macs at my university, specifically NYU. They are all over the place.

Sheldon Dry Cleaners in West Michigan just switched over to Mac at there retail locations and LakeShore Eye Clinic is all Macs as well!

Coffee shops. Especially World Cup in Portland, Oregon. I was sitting in their one day and I noticed that of about 10 people using laptops, 9 of them were Mac.

Also, sitting outside of an Apple retail store, I watched a flood of people leaving carrying new laptops (about one every two minutes). Every ten minutes or so, I'd see an employee haul a pro system with a cinema display out on a dolly.

Several of my friends have purchased their first Macs over the past year. I have to say that a few were some of the most die hard PC users.

Boot Camp is making the Mac a more appealing option so Windows users can continue to use it if needed.

It used to be I was the only one in my extended family with a mac. This year my brothers and sisters and their families and all the aunts, uncles and cousins have completed a switch to the mac. In all seven related families have switched to mac, for a total of 10 macs purchased. Now their friends are switching too and have purchased another couple macs. So a dozen macs I've seen here.

Macs are rampant on every college campus across the country, I see more macbooks than any other laptop.

They're all over coffee shops too, just the other day I saw a couple cute girls horsing around with Photo Booth.

Oyster Monger

I'm a recent switcher so maybe I can shed a little light. I was a die hard PC guy for a long time but I finally just became fed up with Windows. However; I still have a lot of software for the Windows platform that I can't afford to completely abandon and having two machines was just too much hassle. Boot Camp and virtualization really sealed the deal for me. Now I can have the ease of use and simplicity of the Mac, but can still run my Windows stuff when I need to. I don't own an iPod, so there's no "halo effect" as far as I'm concerned. I'm not in the college student age bracket, so it's not a 'hip' thing. With one exception, everyone I know uses Windows, so it's not that I've been persuaded to switch by my peers either.

I think that the increase in sales is coming mostly from people like me. People who are sick of Windows, who don't want to get stuck with Vista, and who are finally willing to take a chance with a Mac because we know we can fall back to Windows if we have to.

I've been seeing more Macs anyplace where people use their own computers for their own personal uses.

Business uses don't count to me because that user (at least, at that time) isn't using it purely out of personal choice -- it's a company computer, it's running particular software for particular documents, or whatever.

But, when it's merely a personal choice of a computer, more and more these days it's a Mac. Honestly, I'm pleasantly surprised.

In the frequent flyer club lounges at airports. A couple of years ago, it would have been rare to see another Macintosh laptop other than mine. But the last few trips, there have been noticably more prevalent. On my last trip, in the Continental lounge at Newark, I counted 13 Macintosh laptops, 12 Windows (Sony, Dell, HP).

Now I would say that growing marketshare among affluent frequent flyers is a promising sign for Apple--heavy duty computer users who are likely trend setters and influential leaders, and who also represent a more profitable audience for Apple to capture.

My daughter has a coffee shop in Bloomington IL. There is a large state university and a good sized private college here. At the coffee shop I have seen a huge increase in Mac laptops in the last year. Macs in the age group of college thru mid thirties has surprized me the most. The MacBook numbers seems over 50% of all other laptops combined.

I do Mac support for a dozen oe so people. In the last 6 months these people have had me setup and switch other folk to macs that they tried to get on to macs for years. As mentioned by others here; This has nothing to do with the iPod. It is people tired of malware and they are also looking for a better using experiance.

I have just concluded travel from L.A. to Michigan via Chicago's O'hare airport this past weekend. On arrival at gates I was pleasantly surprised to see all the Apple logos on the MacBook and MacBook Pros in the waiting areas. Myself, I was traveling with my trusted 12-inch G4 Powerbook 1.5Ghz, Sweet. I also have a new 15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo that I purchased 2 weeks ago, however, I could not pry that away from my wife.

Here in Germany I don't see more or any Macs in Companies, but I see more people with their own first Mac (me inclusive). There are a lot students with MacBooks, more than one or two years ago.

Grant seems to be right.

I sell macs for a living. I would say 50% of my sales comes from first time Mac buyers. The general answers I get are "I am just sick and tired of viruses and crap I will never use!" In general, I would say people are not only noticing they truly get what they pay for when bargain hunting for their next "$200 PC" they also notice Microsoft is not the only viable player on the market. Macs are becoming a real machine now. In the public view, Macs are more than just a nice toy to edit photos with. I have owned a PC once and I will never do it again, but let me tell you, the people interested in Macs mostly because it performs as advertised, and many IT professionals are jumping in on the Mac "fandboy" wagon.

Reporting from Edinburgh, Scotland...

I got my first and so far only Mac back in early 2003, it's an original 12" PowerBook G4, and I used to be pretty much a minority of one. But not so these days, the Mac notebooks are becoming pretty high profile. Especially on the media where even little things like text on a web page during the news will be in Safari instead of IE. The times they are a changing.

As so many 2006 switchers have said, it's a lot less of a leap into the unknown getting a Mac these days. Windows compatibility is a tasty lure for many a geek and admin. I just knew that MS Office, video playback and browsing were my main interests and I reckoned (rightly) I could find the apps to do whatever I needed with my shiny new 'Book.

Laptops are only a part of the story though. People's home computers are what counts and we can only talk about our friends and increasingly fellow converts on that front obviously. For a country where Apple DOES NOT ADVERTISE Macs, they seem to be selling well. Instead on tv it's all cheap cheap cheap P4 machines being made to sound as if they're new. It wouldn't do any harm for the get a Mac ads to show here a few times, hint hint.

Oh and lastly the iPod halo effect. I've heard it said it's not so much the iPod but the iTunes halo. iTunes is simply one of the best apps to ever hit the PC and its aura of "it just works" functionality when you hook an iPod to it clinches the deal that Apple know what they're doing in people's minds. They used to have a different reputation here as well as in America back in the nineties. But now Apple and Macs are known in general for being a quality solution for technical needs. Britain could still do with a bit more advertising promotion though, unless Apple are using us as an experiment just to see what stores and iPod ads alone will do!

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