When it comes to using computers, it used to be (and still rings true today) that most people find the Mac platform to be either loathsome or lovable with few spectators taking middle ground on the issue. It has been said that it takes, shall we say, a ‘different breed’ of person to fork out the extra cash for a Mac (even at the expense of slower hardware!) Defining this ‘different breed’ is usually the cause of much debate.
I happened upon a poll on slashdot.com where, by no scientific means, they are asking whether the slashdot-faithful would consider a Mac purchase. Of the five [non-comedic] options ranging from “Not in a million years” to “Already gave in“, a surprizing 33% chose “Very Tempting”. Considering that 16% “Already gave in”, that leaves me to conclude that 49% (ostensibly half) have a favorable attitude towards the Mac.
Could it really be true that the ‘different breed’, once defined by only “creative types and yuppies”, is now more loosly defined (half anyway) by the likes of you and I (this following the assumption that many an osnews.com reading is also a slashdot.com reader).
All in all, this poll doesn’t really jive with the current marketshare numbers where Apple can only claim 4% (give or take), so I wouldn’t reference the poll as an authoritative source or use it to support a claim, but it does raise an eyebrow here and there, at least amongst the ‘different breed’ of people that read osnews.com.
Just something to muse upon…