The Annapolis Valley Apple Harvest is in full swing here in NS but the apple harvest to which I'm referring is an apple of a different variety. In the first few weeks of term, I am noticing an exponential rise in the number of Mac Laptop users amongst our students. In a very unscientific way, I would say that well over half of the students that are coming to our reference desk or working here in the library (especially first year students) are using Mac Laptops.
I would love to hear from Slaw'ers at other institutions to find out if they have noticed anything similar. I have spoken to a few students and the number 1 answer as to why they have a Mac is that they got tired of their clones crashing and/or viruses. I've also postulated that the popularity of iPods is starting to result in an increase of Mac laptop purchases. Mac devotees have long proclaimed, to anyone who would listen, that Apple simply makes a better computer. Now that Mac has enabled users to easily transition their work from Mac to PCs and back again through compatible software, the barriers to Mac usage are falling. I am interested to see if this trend continues over the next few years and to see the implications at institutions that have primarily supported clones (courts, universities, law offices etc,.).
Have Slaw'ers noticed any similar trends at universities, law offices, gov't offices , or just in general, with regard to Macs and PC clones usage?