Did Apple's Record Breaking Quarter Come at the Expense of Windows PC Sales?

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MarioJP

Ok OK maybe not britney I don't keep up with lastet fashion trends but you get the point. But anways I wonder how long before we start to see more trojans, malware on a mac?? Its not that I am rooting by any means. Just want to nail the "macs don't get viruses" once and for all.

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MarioJP

The problem is that most consumers don't care about hardware specs for them is "if it works good I buy it". Sadly we are living in a emo, hip trend where britney dancing all over and all of a sudden she a goddess. Apple is the new britney in the computer world lmao.

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Emgtek

waaaaay off base! SMDH!

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MightymacCHS

You couldn't be further from the truth

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Mastro Antonio

Ok it's time for those smug bastards to pay, release the Terminator running Windows 10. It might end the world but at least there will be no Apple to hurt the sheeple in their wallets any longer.

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Holly Golightly

Who in their right mind would replace a PC with an iPad? The iPad can not do half of the things any basic computer can. Like run hardcore PC games, professional-grade video editing, as well as run simple things like Adobe flash and WMA/WMV files. So... Who in their right mind would even replace a PC with an iPad? No sane person, I tell you what!

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seattlematt1976

I did. I sold my Windows 7-based Acer Aspire One D250 and put the money towards an iPad 2.  I use it more than my PC--which is now relegated to an iTunes server, for the 2 Apple TVs and the 4 iPhones in our house.  Regarding your comment about hardcore games: The iPad was never designed to be a hardcore gaming machine (same for a netbook).  I don't play "hardcore" games, as I have 3 kids and a very full schedule. Casual gaming suits me (and most of my iDevice friends) just fine.  I still use my PC for serious video editing, although I'm seriously considering moving to a Mac, as I like usability and overall featureset of iMovie and Final Cut Pro much better than Adobe Premiere.

Flash--don't miss it. It's turned off on the PCs anyway. The constant barrage of security updates make it too risky to run full-time. I'm currently using the HTML5 features of YouTube anyway (Plus my DirecTV DVR plays videos from YouTube now). And if I want to watch Netflix, I use the app on my TV/Blu-Ray/Nintendo Wii/AppleTV/Whichever device I'm currently using at the time.  And both my TV and Blu-Ray player has Pandora apps, so I'm set there too.

WMA/WMV--Never actively used these formats. It's either been MP3 or AAC.

The iPad gets more use by my family members, than the 3 PCs combined!  Oh...and I've yet to meet a Windows laptop that can best the iPad in battery life--without sacrificing speed or other capabilities.

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TerribleToaster

My (incredibly old) Dell D830 which now runs Win7 (upgraded it) has a battery life of 18 hours. 12ish if I leave on wifi and bluetooth on all the time.

And this isn't a netbook but a huge laptop that was orginally designed for running prgorams like AutoCAD and MATLAB to their fullest extent in 1280x800 resolution on a 15.4 inch LCD screen. It is (was) a power hungry performance laptop and it dominates the iPad in battery life and it's completely outdated. If you can't find a mobile device that has the same performance (or better) and has a longer battery life it's beacuse you didn't look hard enough. And if that isn't enough for you, I can direct to a company that makes laptop battery sized hydrogen fuel cells.

 

For those curious as to how I can get the 18 hours, Dell makes a secondary battery (6 cell) that can replace your media bay (which you don't have on an iPad anyway) which, with the primary battery (9 cell) gives me 15 cells.

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Mastro Antonio

Yeah like the others say your using so many unnecessary devices when a good PC would have done the job. Just because you can carry it with you doesn't make it any more powerful or useful. Also yes there are Windows notebooks that go way beyond an Ipad in battery life and everything, you just have to know where to look.

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MikeE

This might be a shot out of the dark but, you made the comment "I have 3 kids and a very full schedule". Maybe this is just my priorities, but i would have taken all the money that you have used to buy all those apple products and purchased better PC products at a lower price. Still being able to do exactly what you have said you do plus with the added potential of more (meaning if you ever one time needed to use something like the flashplayer to view an important website or something of sorts). Then i would have taken all that extra money and stuck it into my children's (the most important people in my life) collage fund, or a nice family trip somewhere. 

But we all stick our priorities in different order, and have very different views on things. Aparently!

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yu119995

That's amazing.  You replaced your PC with 3 or 4 other devices.  How efficient.  Wait a minute...that's good right?

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Mastro Antonio

Wow, my thoughts are yours.

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haboh

I agree, which is why I don't own an iPad and have no desire to. But from most of what I hear and read online basically everyone who owns and iPad also own an laptop, PC or mac. Not sure I believe in this whole "tablet replace laptop" theory. I think most people have both, which just seems silly to me, I'd rather reach for a proper keyboard and a real processor. 

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Blues22475

Agreed. If I were to get an Ipad it would be for mobile use and entertainment purposes on the road or traveling.

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Darkside

Even then, I probably wouldn't get an iPad.  A laptop would probably get the same amount done as an iPad.

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Marthian

correction: probably more done than an iPad.

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Darkside

Fair point

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MikeE

This is not suprising at all. Microsoft (PC) has been dragging their feet with innovation. PC is slowly catching up, but will still take some time. Seeing as Apple products hold such a high price tag, whenever PC catches up with the latest technology, i wouldn't be suprised to see them surpass Apple yet once again. Let Apple have their glory... for now.

The things that will discourage people from Apple vs PC (when PC is up to date) will be the restrictions and limitations. With Apple products, people are limited to what Apple allows you to do. If you only stay within the borders of Apple and don't mind a slap on the wrist if a toe crosses it, then Apple will never let you down. From what i know, people don't really like restrictions. They like to be free from rules and limitations. Having a company say "Oh, well you just can't do that" is a very hindering thing.

What will change people 'Back' to PC will be the freedom and low prices. You will be able to get something better then the apple product for a very much lower price. Once PC matches the market of Apple, people will see that "Hey, this computer is $1000 cheaper and has better hardware so i don't have to upgrade so often". Not only that, if the time comes that you do have to upgrade, it's possible to do so without having to take out a second mortgage to do so.

As long as PC does things right, which they usually do, within a couple of years this article will say the opposite. I have faith.

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Phrish

"Hey, this computer is $1000 cheaper and has better hardware so i don't have to upgrade so often".

I think you might be overestimating the intelligence and common sense of the typical iCustomer...

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MikeE

I'm sorry, this is just from my personal experience. I was recently in the market for a laptop. I was concidering a Mac Book Pro. price came out to $2800. I then went on to Dell's website and created one from there. There were a lot more options and better hardware. After talking to a sales person from dell, i am now an owner of a Dell laptop better hardware then the Apple Mac Book Pro for $1776.

So you say "overestimating" ... i say no, not at all.

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TerribleToaster

What Phrish was saying was you were overestimating the common sense of Apple's fan base by thinking they could do such complex tasks as looking for the better deal.

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MikeE

LOL... yaaaa... Common Sense is not so common these days. I can just see God sitting with his hands on his head, shaking it saying "Oh my!"

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Zoandar

With Micro$oft's pricing scheme for their products such as Windows OS and Office, it is not surprising they are making money. I wonder if this means Windows 8 will be lower in price? ;)

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LatiosXT

Except for the eqvuivalent hardware specifications, you pay a lot less. Also, Windows being "expensive" only applies if you're buying Windows yourself. I think it's like $30 a license for OEMs who cut a deal with Microsoft.

Or you know, you could have some good timing and go to school with an IT related degree and hope they have the MSDNAA program. I didn't have to pay for Windows Vista or 7 this way. ;D

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routine

You may not have paid... but someone did. MSDN subscriptions are not cheap: $2500 or so depending on edition.

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Caboose

But that gives you access to all versions of Windows, and usually up to 10 keys each.

$2500/yr is a good deal when you consider how much you get.

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TerribleToaster

Trying paying for AutoCAD. One year subscription is about 3000 USD.

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