Market Share Pales In Importance To Smugness For Mac Zealots
from the cool-kids'-club dept
In the runup to Apple’s 30th birthday, a tech columnist notes that the company’s market share for PC operating systems has dropped by half since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. He then goes on to explain how Apple — with booming iPod sales — doesn’t mind, while its hardcore userbase takes more pride in the “knowledge that, by George, it is a better computer,” as one zealot puts it, than any share figures. Seriously, though — who cares? Few people really care about their computer operating system — and even fewer care enough to rely on it to make themselves feel superior. The question of what OS is “best” is a subjective one (I’m sure plenty of you will line up in the comments to argue about it and call me a Windoze sheep, though I do use a Mac), and really is a pretty pointless thing to feel so strongly about. And, even if the Mac OS is superior to Windows, if everybody had it, the Mac zealots really wouldn’t be so “special” any more.