More on Apple: A survey from Mizuho suggests Mac buyers are as loyal as ever. 95% of respondents...

More on Apple: A survey from Mizuho suggests Mac buyers are as loyal as ever. 95% of respondents who only owned Macs indicated their next purchase would be a Mac, and the same went for 70% of respondents owning both Windows and Mac machines. Mizuho is slightly lifting its Mac sales estimates as a result, and is also raising its iPad estimates. iPhone estimates are being lowered for the next 2 quarters after checks indicated slowing demand, but a strong holiday season is forecast.
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    I've been Apple since '92 and I don't see myself ever purchasing a Windows machine. Best ROI of any products I've ever purchased with the least upkeep needed.
    25 Jun 2012, 01:18 PM Reply Like
  • MarkHalfhill
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    If the Surface and Windows 8 phone can live up to Apple's reliability and quality I would have to give that combo a serious consideration personally. Before last week I would have never considered another non-Mac product.
    25 Jun 2012, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • evannever
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    "If" That's a HUGE "If" given Microsoft's history.
    25 Jun 2012, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Glenn Abrett
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    Problem with surface is simply apps. They have no market share. So very few are going to risk time and effort developing apps for surface.
    Sure there are all those windows programs. But they are not really geared to the mobile universe. Think surface is going to compete more with ultrabooks than with iPads.
    25 Jun 2012, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • GSlusher
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    I expect that you're right about the Surface Pro, the one with the "full" Windows 8. It seems to be a very thin netbook with what may be an inferior keyboard, at least from a user's standpoint. It also apparently MUST have a hard, flat surface to be used with the keyboard, unlike netbooks and laptops. (Many of the iPad cases with built-in keyboards are also rigid, so they don't require a hard, flat surface.)
    28 Jun 2012, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • dmboras
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    I've been using Macs since '92 as well. Currently I'm using an iMac and older Macbook for work, I also have an iPad and iPod. My wife has her own iMac and my daughter uses a Macbook Pro (with her iPhone and iPod). My 14 year old son is the odd man out - he uses a Lenovo laptop for his gaming, but he has an iPod. My next purchase will be a MacBook Pro to replace my aging laptop. Loyalty? For me, Windows is out of the question. I enjoy the ease of use and software compatibility I have with my Macs, and gladly pay the premium price to make my life easier.
    25 Jun 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • Skippy09
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    Me too and I am a retired windows programmer. Tired of that love-hate relationship.
    25 Jun 2012, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • rome123
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    me too
    25 Jun 2012, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • BTNelson33
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    Once you go Mac you never go back!
    25 Jun 2012, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • remurraymd
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    The Mac Pros with Retina Display are awesome for the price.
    The new Air is 5X as fast better chip lighter $100 less than
    it used to be a way below a tricked out ultrabook.
    25 Jun 2012, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • emburns
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    I would love to see how much of Apple's sales of iStuff are financed with student loans.
    25 Jun 2012, 04:48 PM Reply Like
  • GSlusher
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    Why don't you ask the same about Windows laptops? The cost of a Mac laptop is a relatively minor part of college costs, these days. When tuition, alone, at major private universities is $30,000, a $1000 laptop that will be good for 4 years isn't a big investment. Unlike Windows PCs, Macs typically can use the latest OS version for 4-6 years. (When Vista came out, there were currently-selling PCs that couldn't use it.) OS X 10.7 "Lion" requires a Core 2 Duo CPU, which has been in every new Mac since late 2006. Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8, which should be released this fall, will run on almost every Mac made in late 2008 or later (exceptions are the plastic MacBook and the original MacBook Air)--and some earlier Macs, as well.


    I interview young people applying to MIT, where I got my three degrees. They all already have laptops, even those who are not especially well off. (MIT's tuition is very high, but so are their grants. They have greatly reduced the average debt of graduating students in the last several years by shifting money from other uses toward grants.) Of course, most didn't get into MIT. (The selection rate this year was about 8%.)
    28 Jun 2012, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • mtyer
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    Four years ago my son was the only student in his engineering classes that had a mac. The instructor actually tried to make him get a different computer. Now, the entire engineering department are required to have mac computers. Nuff said!!
    26 Jun 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
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