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Apple Mac Computer Sales Reach Record High As iPad Continues to Slip

Posted on 28 October 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The news is buzzing about how Apple Mac computers are making a serious insurgence on the PC industry with selling a record 5.7 machines to customers worldwide in the September 2015 quarter.

Another major milestone has been reached for Apple with the sales of Mac computers account for 20 million more in an Apple fiscal year.

To put things in perspective, Apple sold 20.6 million Macs in the last 4 quarters, or within one year’s time previously. In just the last quarter (3 months) with September 2015 as the cutoff, apple has sold 5.7 Macs which would yield a higher number if you multiply that by a four, which would be a full year of those sales. That puts Apple over their high of 20.6 million in a year’s time by a considerable amount.

While Mac unit sales were up by about 3.4% from the previous year, iPad sales are dismal and continue a downward slump. One while some experts thought that iPad sales would trump Mac computer sales, and they did only for a short interim. Now, iPad unit sales are down 19.8%, and revenue is off by 19.6%. iPads only accounted for 8.3% of Apple’s total for the quarter, the smallest amount ever recorded since the first quarter of 2011, which was just under a year after the iPad’s conception and release date.

As you would expect, Apple is downplaying their dismal iPad sales over the last seven quarters, which has returned nothing but a downward spin for the popular tablet. While the overall earnings of Apple remain strong, there is speculation surround as to why the iPad has turned into the redheaded stepchild for the brand when you look at overall sales as of late.

Some speculate on the idea of iPad sales declining is that people are well satisfied with their previous iPad purchase and have no need to “upgrade” and may overlook the iPad Pro due to its high cost relative to a Mac computer, desktop or Macbook.

There may be many reasons as to the decline of iPad sales. Though, with a rising sales force among Mac computers, Apple could be emerging into a new territory where Windows based PCs are starting to show a decline in new adoption rates with Apple Mac computers with record adoption rates. Only time will tell as we have no choice but to sit this one out and await the forthcoming results. Not to mention, with the holidays approaching there will be new indicators as to what consumers are looking for and if the iPad will have new sales life sparked back into it or if Mac computers will simply dominate.

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Apple Mac OS Desktop Adoption Steadily Rising

Posted on 15 July 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

For as long as there’s been Apple Mac computers, users have pondered over the idea of moving to the other side to adopt what Mac OS has to offer. In recent observations and studies, it is revealed that the adoption rate for users moving to an Apple Mac OS Desktop is steadily rising, especially among universities and their employees.

A particular enterprise that is seeing rising numbers for the adoption rate of Apple Mac OS is the University of Nevada at Reno. At such a University students and employees have the freedom to choose the Windows OS or Mac OS. From a recent examination, it was discovered that about 14% of the faculty alone is now using the Apple desktop.

Steve LeBlanc, a support technician at the University of Nevada at Reno said, “More and more people are using iPhones and iPads, and when their cycle comes up to replace their desktops they are going Apple.”

There is no speculation as to the costs of Apple Mac computers. The fact and idea that they may cost a bit more than their Windows PC counterparts is nothing secretive. However, Universities such as at Nevada at Reno have been playing catch-up to manage its growing Apple inventory.

Aside from the long-touted user-friendliness of Mac OS X over the years, the life cycle of computers has naturally extended to about six years, which helps Apple in consideration of a consumer’s investment. Mac growth is by no means slowing. If anything, the emergence of iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and their support infrastructure has aided to the growth of the Mac Desktop world.

Enterprise adoption for Apple has always suffered, for many obvious reasons. However, in recent years Apple has made serious headway with enterprise use where some large companies and corporations want to cater to the Millennials in the workplace. As you may know, Millennials envelope a strong fast-growing demographic for Mac ownership. Think of it as the new-age “hip” thing to invest in – something touting that famous Apple logo.

The Android platform along with the few alternatives to Windows PC desktops has come and gone for its adoption in enterprise and many other common environments. If you were to ask experts for the reason, the simple answer would be because of security. Simply put, Android and other alternatives lack the proper security to be even considered in enterprise environments or anything remotely as demanding. Apple knows a thing or two about security and is brightly shining and growing in enterprise environments.

Lastly, Apple’s profit margin and ridiculous revenue figures have allowed them to focus on building high-quality products. High-quality computers mean a better viability within companies to carry on everyday business without hiccups that cost money. Apple Mac OS means save money, which means a better RIO – everyone is happy – buy a Mac.

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Snow Leopard Tackles Mac Malware

Posted on 27 August 2009 by GranTorinoGuy

Mac users often boast that malware does not exist to them, but Apple has added some malware protection to Snow Leopard, in acknowledgment to the growing threat of malware.

An entire industry has been built around protecting the Windows operating system from viruses, worms, trojans, and other malware threats. Malware is a virtually constant plague for Windows users and Microsoft-bashers claim it’s a function of poor design and insecure coding by Microsoft, but security experts have also debated whether or not it is more a function of the virtual monopoly Windows has enjoyed as a desktop operating system.

Apple demonstrated an increased concern for malware on the Mac OS X operating system by including malware detection as one of the many updates in Snow Leopard. It seems that Apple realizes that the size of the bulls-eye painted on the operating system is in direct proportion to the number of systems using the operating system.

It makes sense. Arguments of superior design and security aside, spyware is a business. If you were designing a wonder-widget, would you want to target it at a broad audience of millions around the world, or build your wonder-widgets for a small niche audience? Similarly, if you are trying to maximize the profit potential of your malware, would you write a virus that targets millions of Windows systems around the world, or invest your time exploiting holes in the relatively niche Mac OS X operating system?

Well, now that niche is hitting the mainstream. Redmond doesn’t need to be too paranoid about Snow Leopard taking over the desktop market any time soon, but the fact of the matter is that the operating system has matured and Snow Leopard in particular introduces a number of updates and features that make it more viable for both consumers and businesses.

Hopefully Apple’s new-found malware concern is misguided though since the malware detection in Snow Leopard offers nothing to actually block or remove any threats. Essentially, the anti-malware feature in Snow Leopard is simply a modification of the Mac OS X File Quarantine feature. It takes the File Quarantine process one step farther by comparing files against a database of known threats to notify the user that the file may be malware.

Should a user ignore the warnings, or if a threat comes through that is not recognized as a known threat in the database, Snow Leopard could still become compromised by the malware. To actually scan and clean Snow Leopard systems, users will have to look into third-party malware protection tools.

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