Hi, I too am a Mac!

Don’t worry. I haven’t switched. But I’ve recently had to alter my perception of Mac users. I used to think of Apple’s clientele as smart, stylish people, who had no trouble parting with substantial sums of money simply to surround themselves with the best-looking devices in the business. But it turns out they’re not unlike me. And I thank a couple of recent iPhone apps for that discovery.

I had a good laugh when I read about iBoobs (see video below) last week. Another app that makes brilliant use of the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer. You need a jailbroken phone to use it, but there are a couple of apps in Apple’s official store as well that prove that their customers are mere humans. In fact, the first statistics released by Apple showed that iPhone users were mostly using their devices to play games. How mundane.

It’s been said that you can not underestimate a target audience. If anything, 2008′s Apple news has made me realize that this is even true for Apple’s user base. So despite the fact that I don’t own a single piece of Cupertino-designed hardware, I feel more like a Mac than ever before.

Roy | December 27, 2008 | English,Gadgets | Comments (7)
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7 Comments

  1. I used to think that way about Mac users as well, and I guess still do. I ended up joining them though after a summer developing on a G5 though. Strictly performance for cost, Macs are outdone by PC. The value as I see it lies in OS X though. It’s a very concise operating system, everything from the brevity of popup messages (and lack thereof) to the elimination superfluous OK buttons. There’s also the lower level elegance not found in other *nix systems, like how everything is configured via XML files (unlike linux’s clusterfuck of syntaxes) and how launchd replaces both cron and BSD-style startup scripts (and launchd daemons are just XML files as well). Most apps judiciously consolidate resources, iChat, Mail and iCal for example share a system-wide contacts database (Addressbook), while Keychain stores passwords for websites, SSH accounts, PGP keys and other secure data sources. Time Machine makes backups trivial. I could replicate most of this functionality in Windows with a hodgepodge of 3rd party apps, and deal with the manual updating and reinstalling that come with every disk wipe, but what if I don’t want to? I’d really just like a computer that I can use without tending to.

    Comment by James — December 28, 2008 @ 3:46 am

  2. The thing with style is, is that you either have it or you don’t. Just buying an iPhone or iPod (both of these devices are bought by many people who don’t own a Mac) doesn’t make you stylish per se. It’s like the Dutch saying: al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een lelijk ding. Maybe people who like to watch and shake boobs around on their iPhone are in fact Windows-users with a Mac-complex? Wouldn’t surprise me! :-)

    Comment by YaWie — December 29, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  3. Hahahah! Hilarious.
    Even though it hurt my pride, I must admit that it is indeed a very creative way to use iPhone.

    Comment by angger — January 2, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  4. @YaWie: I’m not quite sure what a Mac-complex is, but I know I do like the way monkeys look :)

    Comment by Roy — January 3, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  5. hahahha a friend just showed me this ap yesterday lots of shakin required though :P

    im sticking to windows….mac is umm unconquerable to me

    Comment by Faisal.K — January 12, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

  6. I’ve always been a Windows user but I deal with quite a few US clients who obviously all use a Mac.
    Bought a Mac laptop, tried it for 3 months and just didn’t enjoy the experience .. sold it for almost the same price I paid for it so I guess that’s the one good thing I can say about a Mac, they certainly hold their resale value better than a PC.

    Comment by Gary Thompson — May 6, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  7. In my opinon it depends on the use you need
    a mac is better for business,website managment or music development ect i personally love mac when it comes to quality in what it provides to things like that.
    But if your just a regular user you should stay with a pc you might not enjoy so much the experience with a mac cause your not used to the new format.
    But like i said it depends on you.

    Comment by felipe nunez — May 7, 2011 @ 1:41 am