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  • Apple's Back-To-School Promo Apparently Doesn't Suck



    Despite being met by a wholehearted "meh" by the blogging collective when it was announced, Apple's back-to-school promotion appears to being crushing the competition in education sales.

    According to Trip Chowdhry, a Global Equities Research analyst, sales of Apple's Macs have been outselling Windows PCs stating nearly "80% of incoming students are buying Apple Computers vs. Windowns Computers."

    When Apple announced it would offer a $100 iTunes store credit to students it was implied that the credit would be used towards apps. Most are buying songs. The youth know not what they possess.

    While Apple has been sucking market share up on college campuses across the country, it seems Fortune 500 companies are following suit as well. Chowdrhy reports that nearly 35% of Fortune 500 companies are offering Apple computers as a choice to their workers "and the majority are preferring Apple over Windows."

    However, I would imagine a number of those enterprise Macs are running Windows 7 via bootcamp or some sort of parallels software to use Windows.

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Back-To-School Promo Apparently Doesn't Suck started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. tayman's Avatar
      tayman -
      This is actually a bad thing to people who actually enjoy OSX. Now that theres more people choosing MAC over PC, OSX will get more attention from hackers/virus makers
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Every college I've attended, from community colleges to state universities, have for a good many years been dominated by mac users. It's nigh impossible to walk into a classroom and not see at least half the laptops in the room sporting that glowing apple. I'm thinking it's a safe assumption that Apple would have dominated the college laptop buying crowd this year regardless of being offered a free iPod or a lousy giftcard.
    1. baabaa's Avatar
      baabaa -
      There's no "Windows" computer. There are PCs running Windows, let along most Macs have Windows bootcamp.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      I think if I didn't have have a Mac right now I'd be all over turning my "pc" into a hackintosh for sure!!!
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      I wish I had this when I bought my Mac. All I got was 100 bucks off and a free iPod Touch. Boo.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Seems good to me. Wish I was a student. Heck a $100. I could use that on pages and numbers and keynote apps.
    1. DaMan05's Avatar
      DaMan05 -
      Yes, universities are dominated by Macs. At my school, 50% or more of the computers in any given class are MacBooks

      If you're at the bottom of a darkened auditorium classroom, its a sight to behold.

      In any case, I opted for the Best Buy match and got a $100 BB gift card instead
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      Obviously most of them were gonna buy music cause the mac app store sucks but if they were really smart they would buy ios games from the itunes app store from gameloft and other wonderful games the itunes app store definately had an increase in the number of downloaded apps its pretty sad that apple thought the giftcard would make ppl buy mac app store apps but instead ppl bought muskc and maybe some bought apps from the itunes store
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      http://i.imgur.com/Kr8SZ.jpg
      nuff' said
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by matrixhunter View Post
      Obviously most of them were gonna buy music cause the mac app store sucks but if they were really smart they would buy ios games from the itunes app store from gameloft and other wonderful games the itunes app store definately had an increase in the number of downloaded apps its pretty sad that apple thought the giftcard would make ppl buy mac app store apps but instead ppl bought muskc and maybe some bought apps from the itunes store
      Nope you can only use it in the Mac App Store not on iTunes or the iOS App Store.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post

      umm no
    1. cyanidmako's Avatar
      cyanidmako -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Nope you can only use it in the Mac App Store not on iTunes or the iOS App Store.
      Don't know where you heard that but you are wrong.
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      Quote Originally Posted by tayman View Post
      This is actually a bad thing to people who actually enjoy OSX. Now that theres more people choosing MAC over PC, OSX will get more attention from hackers/virus makers
      Yes but it also mean more attention from software developers and maybe Microsoft will actually start producing a decent Office suite for the Mac and we will also see other great PC only programs come to the Mac app store?

      I hope so because at the point my PC will become less and less needed in my everyday life.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tayman View Post
      This is actually a bad thing to people who actually enjoy OSX. Now that theres more people choosing MAC over PC, OSX will get more attention from hackers/virus makers
      Market share is not as huge of a part of hackers coming to osx as you may think. OS9 had a way smaller market share yet was riddled with viruses and malware.

      It does play a part but not that big of one.
    1. Bassface's Avatar
      Bassface -
      I'd still rather get a free iTouch though...
    1. transam7816's Avatar
      transam7816 -
      Yea the iPod touch is definitely better. Resale value is higher than $100
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Apple's Back-To-School Promo Apparently Doesn't Suck...OH YES IT DOES!
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Apple's promotion sucks 100%. I price matched microcells $999 price at best buy so that is student discount pluss an extra $100 off instead of a gift card. (I priced matched them cuz i got couple gift cards)... would have been better for a free ipod touch but oh well.
    1. Axecaster's Avatar
      Axecaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by baabaa View Post
      There's no "Windows" computer. There are PCs running Windows, let along most Macs have Windows bootcamp.
      OK, would you rather it be phrased, "PCs that run Windows or PCs that run Mac OS X?" Mac people throw around 'PC' too much as if it means something beyond a certain collection of parts. The difference is in the software, so refer to the OS instead, I say.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      What gets me is how the hell can these students afford a $1000 computer? I'm sorry but there are more broke students than rich ones.