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    Best Mac Quarter Ever

    Best Mac Quarter Ever
    By Jason Snell (jsnell@macworld.com)

    Apple's Quarterly Performance

    It seems like I do a whole lot of writing and talking these days -- in print, online, even in newsletters -- about all the things Apple does that aren't the Mac. With the iPod an entrenched part of modern tech culture and the iPhone this year's biggest tech product launch, it's easy for the Mac to get lost in the shuffle. It's old news from a company with a whole lot of new news.

    Except for one thing: the Mac business has never, ever been better than it is right now. And even people outside our little world -- financial analysts and technology pundits alike -- seem to be realizing it.

    What did it take for this to happen? Try this one on for size: in the past three months (April, May, and June 2007) Apple sold more Macs than it has ever sold in a single financial quarter. Ever. Last quarter Apple sold 1,764,000 new Macs, up 154,000 from the previous high. That's four straight quarters in which Apple has sold more than $2 billion worth of Macs. To put that in perspective, in early 2005 Apple was selling about a million new Macs per quarter, for a total of about $1.6 billion.

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    It's funny, ANY growth is great for Mac.... and their best quarter.

    I love the sheep mentality of the masses. Baaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaa buy a Mac Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Until hardware guys start mass producing components, Macs ain't gonna get more popular. Teenage-40yo boys want their games! Mac ain't cutt'n it, and with piracey getting cracked down, dual-booting windows is pricey and the hardware kinda blows.


    On a side note... Anyone notice that you HAVE to buy a PowerMac with dual chipped. Use to be able to single them and save 300 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patonb
    I love the sheep mentality of the masses. Baaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaa buy a Mac Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
    But guys who love Windows are individualists, not sheep at all? 90% of the world uses Windows and Mac enthusiasts are the sheep?

    No, I'm not calling Windows users/enthusiasts sheep. I'm just calling bullshit on your "Mac people are sheep" statement. Honestly, Paton, I didn't take you to be that kind of guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patonb
    Until hardware guys start mass producing components, Macs ain't gonna get more popular. Teenage-40yo boys want their games! Mac ain't cutt'n it, and with piracey getting cracked down, dual-booting windows is pricey and the hardware kinda blows.
    Apple wants control over the hardware that the Mac OS runs on. That's precisely why they don't follow the Windows business model. They're not trying to replace Windows in popularity, and Macs aren't made for the gamers and guys who want to hot rod their machines.

    Like I've said before, for those who need Windows occasionally but prefer/need Mac for work (or whatever), dual-booting into Windows or running Windows through Parallels is extremely cheaper and more efficient than buying a Mac and buying a PC running Windows. Sure, if you want to run games, then get a PC, build it yourself with the best hardware you can find. There are a lot of good reasons people go with Windows.

    But some people like Macs for the Operating System, the ease of use, the proprietary hardware, practically no risk of viruses, etc. You think that makes them sheep? Geeze.

    Paton, have you even used a Mac running OSX? I primarily used Windows until mid-2003 (was running XP Pro at the time).

    BTW, I didn't post this article to start some petty Mac vs. PC debate, but I'm not going to sit here and be called a sheep.
    Last edited by Scorpion; 07-30-2007 at 03:10 PM. Reason: Had to fix the emoticon. :)

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    Actually, my sheep comment was about all the people who are following on mass, aka flocking to Macs, cause they're the cool thing. NOTHING to do with the computer it's self. Use the computer cause thats what you want to, not cause everyone else is.

    Apple wants control over the hardware that the Mac OS runs on. That's precisely why they don't follow the Windows business model. They're not trying to replace Windows in popularity, and Macs aren't made for the gamers and guys who want to hot rod their machines.

    Like I've said before, for those who need Windows occasionally but prefer/need Mac for work (or whatever), dual-booting into Windows or running Windows through Parallels is extremely cheaper and more efficient than buying a Mac and buying a PC running Windows. Sure, if you want to run games, then get a PC, build it yourself with the best hardware you can find. There are a lot of good reasons people go with Windows.
    Oh I completely agree... Well, except I do believe Mac wants to take over the... But who doesn't eh.

    I run PC cause of games i occasionally play. My first comp was a Apple, then exclusively used Macs. Then ecconomics switched to PC.
    For the record, as I've repeativly said........ I HAVE NO PREFERANCE.

    I do hate people who say Macs are more secure... cause thats crap.. No ones gotten bored enough to seriously look that's all. But that's a debate not for here.

    I also don't understand why people are so uppiddy when Macs are talked about.... It's a fricken inanimate object, that makes life harder.... not easier like they said! Liars!
    Guess it's a Ford vs Chev vs Dodge.... don't get that either.

    So in summery, There was NO Mac Vs PC comment implied, cause i really don't care. There was no name calling/crapping on the Macs... maybe on the "It's cool" users... okay definately on them... And No I haven't used OSX, 9 wasn't that great btw, heard good things though.

    See to me, Macs/PCs are a tool, If you need a roofing hammer use a roofing hammer, just don't use it if your doing framing cause Bob Villa did.

    I think Macs are currently stable machines, but in crappy packaging for a above geeky person. Like I said, PowerMacs ONLY come now in Dual Xeon's now where initially had a single Xeon option. Also, why should I have to toss out a working monitor, to upgrade.

    Hmmmmmm Let me calculate the amount of time we've wasted on this thread............

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    I wondered why this topic was in Computers instead of FOOD forum.


    Thought MickyD's was launching a new burger.

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    Patonb - Okay, so you weren't directing your first post at me or at all Mac users/enthusiasts. But I think you can see how it could easily read that way.

    As for some Mac users being uppity, some Windows users are uppity, and some Linux users are uppity. Then there are the uppity Unix nerds who are still pissed that the general public can access the Internet with a graphical user interface and not command lines. On CareCure anyway, from what I've seen, it's the Windows people who have little or no Mac experience who constantly bash Apple, Macs and Mac users/enthusiasts in threads about Macs. Just because we love our Macs and like to recommend them doesn't mean we're being uppity. As I've said many times, I can see a lot of reasons someone would prefer a Windows machine, even though I became a Mac convert myself.

    As for people buying Macs because of the "cool factor" alone (or perceived cool factor), I think you're making a lot of assumptions there. I think a big reason a lot of people are switching is due to the popularity of the iPod and iTunes, and the new Macs being able to run Windows and Linux. I think the percentage of people buying Macs for the cool factor is insignificant, and if they don't like the Mac, they'll just go back to Windows. Yes, if someone buys something because of some cool factor alone, or some kind of status symbolism, that's silly. But to slag a product because of how it might be marketed or how it might be perceived without even trying the product--which is what you've done in your two posts in this thread--is just as silly. You haven't used a Mac since OS9; that would be like someone slagging Windows Vista when the last Windows machine they used was running Windows 98. Seriously, try a current Mac some time, spend some objective time with it, and then you can make fair criticisms.

    As for the MacPro, it's intended for professional users, namely graphics pros and film editors and music editors, etc. The iMac line, the MacBook and the Mac Mini are for the average user, so Apple chose to beef up the MacPro to dual processors. No big deal. Even being a graphics pro myself, the iMac serves my needs with speed and memory to spare.

    I don't understand why you think you'd need to ditch your current monitor if you got a Mac? Even with an iMac you could use your monitor for a dual monitor setup.

    BTW, you obviously do have a preference: you prefer to not try a Mac newer than something offered like 5 years ago or more, and you prefer to stick with what you know and currently use. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Scorp... Unfortunately there are alot of people have bought Macs cause they're cool.... or Say they're going to. Once again... I was making fun of the people., not the computer.

    Also never said I didn't like OS9, just said it wasn't great... I'm on PC cause of the price.... not cause of the OS. Gov't bought my DT, and Staples had a great deal on my LT. I considered a Mac when thinking of my next system. Hence why I know the MP was once single Xeons at $2100cdn. I, but that's just me, find no difference between OS whatever, and XP, so switching back and forth is a breeze. Right now, only the LP are intresting to me and I just bought mine a year ago.

    The IMac/monitor thing is cause as soon as I want a new system, say 2yrs, the IMac screen has to go.. And I already have 2 big monitors.. Hence my complaint on the MP. The Mini Mac is just a laptop, so for a desktop it's not what I'm want.

    If Mac came out with a core 2 dual, MacPro form factor, I'd definately take a serious look back at it. Despite the limited hardware, eventually, new stuff does come out....And with Boot Camp allowing full use of widows gaming, that can be a factor.

    Say what you will, but I'm only making fun of the people not the computer.

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    OK. I hear what you're saying.

    About the iMac and monitor thing, now I understand what you were saying. In my case, I'm biased, because I just upgraded to the new Intel iMac but went with a 20" instead of the 17" I had, so I wanted to get a bigger monitor anyway. So it was no big deal. My old iMac is a little over 4 years old, btw. I do think Apple would be wise to offer a desktop model, sans monitor, that's more customizable, without the dual processor, etc.

    But I still think you should try OSX sometime. It's a lot better and more stable than OS9, not to mention easier on the eye. Though, OS9 was pretty stable compared to previous versions of the MacOS which crashed a lot in my experience. Windows XP was always pretty stable for me as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion
    But I still think you should try OSX sometime. It's a lot better and more stable than OS9, not to mention easier on the eye. Though, OS9 was pretty stable compared to previous versions of the MacOS which crashed a lot in my experience. Windows XP was always pretty stable for me as well.
    Perhaps people should wait for Mac's new operating system, "LEOPARD" or OS10.5 as it will be called. This is due to release in October/Novenber of this year?

    If you buy an OS now they still want you to pay an upgrade fee for the OS10.5

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    Yeah, good point, Titan. I couldn't wait that long to get a new Mac, and I'll gladly pay the $129 upgrade in October (like I did going from Panther to Tiger), but if people want a Mac and can wait until October they should, and save $129 or so.

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