As an Apple geek, I am quite happy to see this story, about how Apple’s Macintosh computers are gaining a stronger presence on Minnesota college campuses with the students and the computers that the colleges and universities use themselves. From the article there is no one cause listed for the reason to the increase in the number of Mac’s. The reason’s vary from good marketing, to people being more familar with Apple products because of iPod’s and iPhones, to more exposure to Mac’s at early age sometimes through school. Other reason’s are mentioned as well in the article. For whatever the reason I am glad to see it gaining ground, since I have always been a fan. To me it is just a very stable operating system, currently very little worry about viruses and for the most part things normally just work.
The Macintosh is on the march at Minnesota colleges and universities.
Apple’s computers, primarily its laptops, are must-have machines for more and more students at such schools as Macalester College, St. Olaf College, St. John’s University and Winona State University. Now, for the first time, the Mac has achieved rough parity or slim majorities at some local schools, with hefty gains on other campuses.
The Mac’s rise on some local campuses is striking, though, given that Apple machines remain a tiny percentage of this country’s overall computer-using population. It’s also worth noting that Apple all but lost the higher-education market a decade or so ago, so this is quite a comeback.