3 Things Preventing the Switch to Apple Macs By
Being a recent convert to Apple, I have become in
recent months an evangelist of sorts. I have been
trying to convince family and friends to buy an
Apple Powerbook or Mac and to drop their windows
dependency. In this time I have come across the
same three or so excuses that are preventing them
from buying a Mac.
The first is not really an excuse so much as it is being
uninformed. People imagine Apple computers being some
foreign thing, akin to the first Tandy computers that
first came out. What's funny is that these same people
all have ipods, iphones, and download music from itunes.
When I tell them "you know, that ipod that you like
so much is made by the same people that build Macs",
a light bulb immediately turns on and I'll usually get
a response like, "I never really thought of it that
way." I'm shocked by this response, because it shows
the clear disconnect some people have with the new Apple
products versus, what Apple used to be known for which
is quality computers.
The second biggest issue preventing users from making
the switch to Apple, is their work. Most all corporate
America uses Windows as their operating system. So really,
everyone has been trained in a way to use Windows and
in turn it has become the Wal-Mart of operating systems.
I try and tell them, look there is a Target store over
here that has nicer stuff, less clutter, and less of
a wait in line (problems) and its called Macintosh.
Now we get to the real nitty gritty of why most users
won't switch, the price. It's true that Apple for the
longest time had some shockingly high prices for their
computers, but I explain that has changed a lot with
the recent shift in direction of the company. My recommendation
is to buy a second hand or used Apple computer to get
your feet wet. That way if you don't like it at least
you didn't spend the full price on one. But I still
haven't met one person who turns around on a Mac. Once
you go Mac, you never go back.