Ars Technica has a story in their “Infinite Loop” blog stating that 2007 will be the year of the switcher.
2006 has seen a number of analysts predicting substantially increased Mac sales, and at least one six-figure prognosticator has suggested Apple Computer may sell as as many as 9 million Macs in 2007. Reasons for this remarkable turnaround include Intel CPUs, the iPod Halo Effect, and Boot Camp.
The comments on the site and on the digg entry say it’s hogwash and give reasons centering around things like the lack of support for hard-core games and you can’t build your own. Ha! The average PC’er looking to make a home or small business purchase isn’t building their own or spending 5 hours a day playing intense-graphics shooter games. Take those folks out of the equation and you have a nicely obtainable population who are buying PCs for home finances, writing, surfing the internet, chatting, email, light graphics and video, and to run programs they need for work. For those folks, the Mac is perfect. Don’t be thinking about the average Ars Technica reader, this is about your neighbor who thinks that “digg” has something to do with gardening and has never changed the default home page on their browser. There are many more of them than us.
There are folks who want a $400 PC and they won’t be converted. But there are those who are willing to spending in the $900-1,200 range and they can easily be convinced if Apple plays it right. Leopard is coming and will build some buzz. Vista is coming and all everyone will talk about is what’s wrong with it. Cost differences aside, would you rather buy a computer in an Apple Store or BestBuy?
I was resigned to the fact that I could never come back to the Mac fulltime. Apple’s decision to put Intel inside changed all that for me, and I’m sure there are many, many more.