“You may have a firm belief that Apple provides the better product, but over the last decade, Apple computers were purged from most schools, making them only acceptable in a few. You can certainly lobby to have them return but, once again, much like it probably is in your company, you likely won’t make much headway because the education system remains underfunded in many areas, and PC support has never been at the top of the funding list,” Rob Enderle writes for TechNewsWorld.
Enderle then goes on to pitch his readers a variety of Windows laptops, with no more mention of that nasty, dirty, different company from Cupertino, but not after first admitting, “I come from a time when getting ready for school meant buying a couple of binders, some pencils and some new clothes you wouldn’t be caught dead in. Transportation was a one-speed bicycle… and high tech was a circular slide rule.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Rob’s old bike isn’t the only thing capable of only one speed. Windows suits Rob’s one-speed (extra slow) mind perfectly, don’t you think? While technically true that over the last decade, “Apple computers,” meaning Apple II and Apple IIe computers, “were purged from most schools,” Rob conveniently leaves out the information that “in 2003, Apple’s laptop market share in the K-12 segment grew by 3.2% over the previous year, to 26.9% of laptops sold in this category.” This was reported by a small publication known as BusinessWeek (“Apple’s Back-to-School Blast”) just a few weeks ago on August 3rd, but of course, a bigtime business “analyst” like Rob probably can’t be bothered to read every tiny rag some outfit manages to print, now can he? Still, the pesky facts that Rob so loves to ignore remain. So, how exactly does Apple manage to show growth and own over a quarter of the K-12 laptop market after being “purged from most schools over the last decade,” Mr. Enderle? Or did you just write that to try to help sell more Windows computers to schools? Try to pedal really fast and see if that’ll help warm up your noggin enough to give us some real answers.