The resurgence of Apple Mac is real – can it last?

“Stock exchange indexes fell, then rose again, on the news that emerged from Apple Computer. Millions of adoring fans awaited the announcement of new Apple products, during an invitation-only event where thousands had to be turned away. New Macintosh computers were unveiled, on the heels of astounding news that Mac sales were increasing in the US by 45% per year, even as it begins the transition to a new processor platform. And the face of CEO Steve Jobs, emerging like a genie from atop the wide monitor of the new iMac, graced the cover of Time magazine,” Scott M. Fulton, III writes for Tome’s Guide Daily. “What decade is this again?”

Fulton writes, “Just to be arguing what role the Macintosh will play in the market, with the presumption that it will play a role, is on a personal note, a welcome feeling. Whether you’re a Windows, Linux, or Mac user, you have to acknowledge that the way we use computers today was, to a very large extent, created by Apple. I covered the Macintosh throughout the 1980s and ’90s for Computer Shopper, back when people used that magazine to help raise the level of their children at the dinner table. As far back as 15 years ago, I produced pieces about the Macintosh’s last-minute rescue from imminent demise. And here we are again, talking about Steve Jobs’ next set of innovations, and pondering how the rest of the world will respond. Welcome back, old friend.”

Full in-depth article here.

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22 Comments

  1. “the way we use computers today was, to a very large extent, created by Apple.”

    Absolutely. Without Steve, we would still be typing c:/ to start the day. Without Bill and Mike, underpowered boxes would still cost $5,000.

    What a country!

  2. Anecdotally, from my little corner of the world, there is a lot of buzz about Apple. I know five people who switched to Macs this year. One them is one of the directors of the company I work for. (It’s only a matter of time, I reckon, until the whole office switches over). Two more friends will be buying Macs next year.

    All of this was unthinkable a year ago.

  3. will it last? can it
    be sustained? the biggest question
    facing mac-dom is intel. intel intel intel.
    power pc is the better architecture. it makes
    no sense to change at such
    a pivotal time period in the history of apple
    computers.

    i am worried! i have my quad-core on order already. it will hold me out
    until mac moves back to power
    pc. which will happen!

  4. F.U.B.A.R.

    I don’t think it was a typo. I think face actually meant HEROINE. I mean, who can ever get enough of such heroines as Lara Croft, Wonderwoman, Invisible Girl, Oprah, Janet Reno…

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  5. John Kerry,

    Don’t you mean get a Windows PC and lose your sanity? Consider all those blue screens, zero security, viruses etc.

    Lisa yes the Quad Core will last you ages, as Macs do in general, however since Intel have not released to my knowledge any news of which CPU’s of theirs Apple will be using in future Macs I think you be alright and yes it is still a good time to buy a new G5 tower.

    My guess for the first MacIntel CPU is certainly a dual core, but is clocked at 3 or 4Ghz. So Lisa your Quad PowerPC will still beat that Intel CPU as you rightly state the PowerPC CPU has better architecture, though comparing number on number and not to be confused by the megahertz myth only around 1GHz would separate the Quad PowerPC from the Quad Intel.

    That’s IMO and in relation to the article, with that level of resurgence 45% – nearly double on last year that means with so many newcomers or switchers to the Mac platform there would simply be too many users for Apple to fail in terms of market share and profitability.

    All eyes on next year to see if that 45% increases to above the 50% mark, now that level would mean, if not already at 45%, Macs would be turning up in places where you’d never think or dream of them appearing.

    Sure Apple could make a disastrous decision that kills of this resurgence, I mean Apple being just like it was with Scully as CEO!

    So quite unlikely that’ll happen with Jobs at the helm, which in closing when Jobs denies the existence or plans to release a certain device or feature call him in chorus altogether liar liar pants on fire!!

    That is most that follow Mac news, most of those here on MDN, are now figuring out that when Steve says no he means yes!

    MW: ‘movement’ as in the computer market is showing a definite paradigm shift (movement) to Mac based computers.

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