You might be an Apple fanatic if…

“They tattoo Apple’s logo on their arm. They help sell Apple products, even though they’re not paid to. One couple met at the Macworld Expo conference, got engaged and were married there,” Ellen Lee writes for The San Francisco Chronicle. “Apple customers are a loyal bunch. Though they’re only a small percentage of all computer users, they make up for it with their passion and outspokenness. In Apple’s 30 years of business, they have formed a tight-knit, unique community. ‘They’re probably the largest subculture’ among computer groupies, said Leander Kahney, managing editor at Wired News, who has tracked these quirks and more in his books ‘The Cult of Mac’ and ‘The Cult of iPod.’ ‘They definitely have distinct traits and rituals and rites of passage.'”

“It’s right there in the numbers: 50 percent of Apple customers plan to buy another Apple computer, a far greater percentage than for any other personal computer, according to MetaFacts,” Lee writes. “So, here on the 30th anniversary of the company’s founding, how do you know if you’re hooked on Apple?”

Apple users are more likely than PC users to:
• Have a higher household income
• Have received a graduate degree
• Be self-employed
• Live in California, Massachusetts or New York
• Live in big cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York
(Source: MetaFacts)

Lees’ checklist “you might be an Apple fanatic if…” in the full article here.

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64 Comments

  1. Guilty as charged – only I live in Chicago and built a wonderful company (eight people and counting) over the past 7 years preaching, using and succeeding using only Macs. And what an inspiring ride it has been. Check it out – our site is full of easter eggs – at:

    http://www.richterbrothers.com

    Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Working hard, having resiliance, always trying to do the right thing, and of course, believing in yourself can make all the difference.

  2. I’m a 20 plus year Mac user, and then used Apple’s before that.

    Sure I take “Thinking Differently” to a whole new level, so what? I can do that, I’m a machead.

    However I didn’t realize how much the “cult” was so ingrained at Apple until I visited my very first Apple Store on the “Night of the Panther” and met Phil Schiller in person.

    Actually I was there in the afternoon, before the line started and the store closed for the event and Phill showed me Panther’s “Exposé ” feature.

    Of course all I could say was “Wow”

    And he said “Isn’t that so cool?”

    I really didn’t know who he was until afterwards, too bad I didn’t take a picture. 🙁

    But I did buy a PowerMac G5 and a whole bunch of Apple stuff that night because of a unannounced (but I had inside info) across the store 10% discount that night only.

    I really don’t like religions, I like to think for myself, so now you know why I haven’t been drinking the koolaid around here lately.

    I’ll probally never will.

  3. My cars also have apple logos on them. My mac mini comes this week to replace a dead G4 desktop. Meanwhile my 17″ Al, 400MHz iMac + 2 other laptops and 4 pre-G3 desktops continue to do the jobs required of them.

    Long live apple. All praise to God Jobs.

  4. You all might not believe it, but I got a bunch of one of a kind Apple stuff.

    Like signs from Apple Stores, a rather beat up Lisa, a original 128k Mac, offical company shirts and posters up the kazoo.

    I thought it would be nice to collect them over the years, but now that I’m older I realize I really don’t want to be part of a “cult”. It sort of implies we are stupid or something.

    I stuck with Apple through the dark years because it was a simplybetter product, but I really don’t like this cult stuff anymore.

    I rather see strenght, stability and security.

    Apple hasn’t done that lately, change is good, but it has it’s drawbacks.

  5. I guess I should have said I would like to have the old Apple back.

    Not this greedy, megalomania, egotistical media empire that Apple has become recently.

    Give me back the fun little Apple.

    Will Steve do something wacky on April 1st?

    I doubt it.

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