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2011/09/29 08:38:28 (permalink)

Why are people obsessed with Apple products?

On the train the other day I saw a man with a macbook, a macbook air, an ipad, and an iphone. Oh, and amazingly also an ipod. Which begs the question - why are there so many apple fanboys, in fact why does anybody buy any apple product? In general they charge twice the price for hardware you could get elsewhere. 
 
Please don't tell me it's anything to do with apple operating systems? - Since that's based on linux and you can get free linux distributions which are just as good/better than Mac OS (ubuntu springs to mind). Are people just ignorant to the rest of the market, or are am I missing something amazing that Apple does which justifies its extortion? 
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 08:42:53 (permalink)
    It is what it is !   Its those that think there must be some kind of "brainwashing" going on that are deluded.
     
     

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 08:57:50 (permalink)
    I like apple stuff have a macbook pro for work, Iphone and Ipad for me the functionality of the Ipad is by far and away better than anything on the market. I can play games music and even do my work on it. Battery life is exceptional and so is the choice of Apps.
     
    My Macbook pro kicks the arse out of any laptop I have ever had even highly speced windows ones boots up quick, no viruses excellent battery life and I like the way I can get it to display everything I want all the time something which i didnt find possible on windows. Also for some reason I cant explain it just feels better doesnt break down pause or crash anywhere near as much either.
     
    My Iphone is the best phone on the market the choice of apps and excellent camera etc make it an overall excellent package it doesnt do any one thing outstandingly but its does everything combined better as a whole package than any other smart phone.
     
    As for the Ipod well having one of them when you have an iphone is a bit gay lol

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 09:02:27 (permalink)
    Probably the same reason some people buy the same brand of any one of a number of products, shoes, clothes, furniture, televisions
     
    As for the linux comments - yes you have a point, but is one linux distro the same as another? People like apple products. It's a mix of them being generally high quality, and an element of fashion - but is it really such a mystery?

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 09:19:32 (permalink)
    Clever marketing but it has to be backed up by a quality product.
    Why will everyone be wearing Northface jackets in a months time?
     
    I refused to jump on the apple bandwagon but recently won an ipod touch, amazing quality and I can see why you can get hooked on their products. I've resisted a purchase so far though.
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 09:25:05 (permalink)
    I think that people who buy technology on specs are the deluded ones - the Apple business model is not witchcraft; high quality products, cutting edge design, excellent support, great second hand value and it is one of the only companies out there that actually think about how people are going to use their devices.
     
    A lot of people are willing to pay for all of the above, including me.
     
    I certainly do not see myself as a fanboy; I just buy the products that suit me, I am in the market for a ebook reader right now but will not get the iPad, I like the simplicity of the new Amazon Kindle base model announced yesterday - it looks a great product.
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:29:52 (permalink)
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    I like apple stuff have a macbook pro for work, Iphone and Ipad for me the functionality of the Ipad is by far and away better than anything on the market. I can play games music and even do my work on it. Battery life is exceptional and so is the choice of Apps.

    My Macbook pro kicks the arse out of any laptop I have ever had even highly speced windows ones boots up quick, no viruses excellent battery life and I like the way I can get it to display everything I want all the time something which i didnt find possible on windows. Also for some reason I cant explain it just feels better doesnt break down pause or crash anywhere near as much either.

    My Iphone is the best phone on the market the choice of apps and excellent camera etc make it an overall excellent package it doesnt do any one thing outstandingly but its does everything combined better as a whole package than any other smart phone.

    As for the Ipod well having one of them when you have an iphone is a bit gay lol

    The reason it boots up so quickly is because of the operating system. If you get any linux distribution, you can open the hood of your laptop, press the on button, and within 5 seconds be on your web browser. It is not specific to Apple. Likewise the reason you don't get crashes etc. is because of the unix-derived operating system. If anything, I have found Apple hardware extremely unreliable (3 ipods in quick succession due to them being ****).
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:32:35 (permalink)
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    Probably the same reason some people buy the same brand of any one of a number of products, shoes, clothes, furniture, televisions

    As for the linux comments - yes you have a point, but is one linux distro the same as another? People like apple products. It's a mix of them being generally high quality, and an element of fashion - but is it really such a mystery?

    Because they are sheep incapable of independent thought?
     
    Obviously there are differences between linux distributions, but they retain the same core features - which Mac OS also shares with them.
     
    It is such a mystery - because Apple generally charge 1.5-2x the price for an equivalent product available from another manufacturer, yet people still buy their products. Hence my question - are people just ignorant to the alternatives?
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:40:06 (permalink)
    I don't think its about being ignorant, its about perceived quality and sexiness - which many Apple products ooze in abundance, I accept that.  This also perpetuates the 'must have' mentality which Apple relies on so much and that they try too innovate as much as possible.
     
    Am I sucked in enough to buy it?  No, not really.  If Apple release a product that will add something and that I need, I will think about getting it.  The iPod was an exception, nothing since I have really needed.  I have a phone, I have an iPod and I have a laptop, I just can't quite justify the pricetag of an iPad as a glorified eReader - even though I like them and the ergonomics of them.
     
     

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:41:59 (permalink)
    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.
     
     

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:46:54 (permalink)
    Just to challenge the whole what ou get for your money..can somone then spec me a PC to the same price as the Apple 27" Macs with same quality of screen for me, thats in all in one system and has as good build quality...cheers.
     
    People are not ignorant to the alternatives..if anything people will have been raised using PC Windows for most of their life...then..they will have a go with a Mac....then they will either preferr it, or get impatient after a few weeks and not give it a chance to learn its way of doing things.
     
    Theirs two very contrasting sides to a Mac ( forgetting iPhones touches and iPad here), out of the box..Macs pretty much come with every bit of software the average user is wanting to use...and it does these extremely well!...iPhoto, Mail, iMovie etc...the general stuff people dont want to fuss over, but still get good results..hell even ive manged to bash out some decent tracks on Garage band.
     
    Then theirs all the technical stuff it does more at ease.....studio quality video editing via Final Cut. music production editing with the likes of Logic....Photoshop and the entire CS5 bundle optimised to work with their hardware and graphics cards.
     
    But really..its the ( literally hundreds) of small little things that ya use every day, expose, dashboard, the funtionality of being able to preview any file on your Mac just by clicking the space bar. No technical maintenance. The face the gestures on the MBP's touchpad makes casual use a dream, that IMO, is worth any "markup" alone.
     
    And theirs no point using the term iSheep etc....be that very definition....the Sheep are all the Windows users.
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:49:52 (permalink)
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    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.

    Why though?  For me, when I am writing (which I do a lot of) the iPad is clumsy and awkward.  I just don't seem to get on with touch screens, I need a physical keyboard and to be sat at a desk.  Having everything on one screen, just does not work for me personally.  They also never seem to fully eradicate the need for a laptop either, so whats the point of having both?

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:53:59 (permalink)
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    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.

    Why though?  For me, when I am writing (which I do a lot of) the iPad is clumsy and awkward.  I just don't seem to get on with touch screens, I need a physical keyboard and to be sat at a desk.  Having everything on one screen, just does not work for me personally.  They also never seem to fully eradicate the need for a laptop either, so whats the point of having both?

     
    It is a browsing tool and media tool pure and simple. Small and convenient.
     
    But yes. You also need a laptop.

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:54:57 (permalink)
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    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.

    Why though?  For me, when I am writing (which I do a lot of) the iPad is clumsy and awkward.  I just don't seem to get on with touch screens, I need a physical keyboard and to be sat at a desk.  Having everything on one screen, just does not work for me personally.  They also never seem to fully eradicate the need for a laptop either, so whats the point of having both?

     
    But its not a laptop though Peagreen I think this is where people make the mistake its like comparing apples and oranges. The things I use my Ipad for I dont tend to use my laptop for ie games social networking etc whilst at this stage its little more than a business toy I think in the future we will see larger Ipads which could replace the latop alternatively you can get a bluetooth keyboard which works with the Ipad and allows pretty much full functionality.

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:56:04 (permalink)
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    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.

    Why though?  For me, when I am writing (which I do a lot of) the iPad is clumsy and awkward.  I just don't seem to get on with touch screens, I need a physical keyboard and to be sat at a desk.  Having everything on one screen, just does not work for me personally.  They also never seem to fully eradicate the need for a laptop either, so whats the point of having both?


    It is a browsing tool and media tool pure and simple. Small and convenient.

    But yes. You also need a laptop.

    I don't think its that small though, its still pretty big all in all.  Does flash work on it yet?

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:57:26 (permalink)
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    It is what it is !   Its those that think there must be some kind of "brainwashing" going on that are deluded.



     
    If you've ever seen a mac store opening then you'll know there is definitely some form of brain washing going on. 
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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 10:59:32 (permalink)
    ..you...good sir...havnt seen how Windows tried to advertise Win7 before its release.


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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 11:00:43 (permalink)
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    Ipad is an amazing machine. Get one.

    Why though?  For me, when I am writing (which I do a lot of) the iPad is clumsy and awkward.  I just don't seem to get on with touch screens, I need a physical keyboard and to be sat at a desk.  Having everything on one screen, just does not work for me personally.  They also never seem to fully eradicate the need for a laptop either, so whats the point of having both?


    But its not a laptop though Peagreen I think this is where people make the mistake its like comparing apples and oranges. The things I use my Ipad for I dont tend to use my laptop for ie games social networking etc whilst at this stage its little more than a business toy I think in the future we will see larger Ipads which could replace the latop alternatively you can get a bluetooth keyboard which works with the Ipad and allows pretty much full functionality.

    If you add a keyboard then it becomes a laptop - a low spec'd one, the whole point I thought was to have something smaller than a laptop?  You have just eradicated the need by adding a portable keyboard, which you have to lug around with you and you have to also purchase this on top of the list price - its not a cheap machine anyway. 
     
    I like them - in fact I'd go so far as I really like them, but I know I would boot the laptop or desktop up ahead of using the Ipad to sit on the computer as I rarely just use it for media or browsing.  Of course if that is all you do then its a very useful tool.

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 11:11:00 (permalink)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDqDNsJfXsk
     
    I bought one of these for mine works a treat great for taking to meetings or just editing small bits of stuff plus the stand is awesome for films etc. But when alls said and done and il be the first to admit it the Ipad is pretty much a toy or at best a tool to edit offices docks on the move but the microsoft office programmes you can get on it are slick for editing on the move.

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    Re:Why are people obsessed with Apple products? 2011/09/29 11:11:11 (permalink)
    Ipads/tablets are still in their infancy in terms of development.
     
    Virtual keyboards may work to increase"laptop" type functionality. Then again this depends on if they they want to take over the laptop market. I dont think they do. Technically the Ipad created its own market since launch and didnt really cannibalize any existing market.
     


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