“The momentum generated by Apple’s iPod digital music players and related products continues to translate into new Macintosh sales according to one Wall Street analyst who estimates that over one million Windows users have purchased a Mac in the first three quarters of 2005,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.
Jade reports, “In a research note released to clients on Monday, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said the number of Windows users purchasing a Mac appears to be far higher than the firm had previously anticipated. ‘If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million,’ the analyst said. ‘Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006.'”
“Needham had previously estimated that 500,000 Windows users would purchase a Mac in 2005, but says its model underestimated the number of Windows users the Mac could capture because it was limited to Windows users who had purchased an iPod,” Jade reports. “According to checks with Apple Store Specialists, Wolf also said a larger than expected percentage of Windows to Mac converts appear to be purchasing Apple’s higher-end systems and that their transition is fueled by the epidemic of viruses and malware on the Windows platform.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Great news and also somewhat sad that people are switching for security when the Mac offers so much more than just security. The Mac experience, compared to Windows, is about attention to detail and innovation. Apple’s not about making a supposedly “cheaper” Mac simulation that’s supposed to be “good enough.” The Mac is about making computers work for people, not making people work for computers. There is so much to discover with the Mac, that you have to use it for a time to “get it.” So, while Windows’ security mess is one reason to switch (and the biggest reason that seems to prompt Windows sufferers to make the change), it’s hardly the only reason to do so. Even if Windows had zero viruses like Mac OS X, the Mac offers many advantages to Windows. If you’re a Windows-only user and you’re unsure, why not just add a Mac mini ($499 new, $379 Apple Certified Refurbished) to your computing arsenal? Keep your Windows machine around and see what you can discover about the Mac for yourself.
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