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85 Percent of Mac Switchers Forgot to Toss Windows PC

mac-pc-shutupApproximately 12 percent of all computer-using U.S. households own an Apple (AAPL) machine (a nice jump from nine percent in 2008), and nearly 85 percent of those also own a Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based PC.

That’s the conclusion of an NPD survey that suggests that Mac households favor multiplatform environments, buy more gadgets and have the higher income needed to afford them.

“While Apple owners tend to own more computers and more electronics devices, there is also a high correlation among Apple owners and more affluent consumer households,” said NPD’s Stephen Baker. “The average Apple household owns 48 CE devices whereas the average computer household owns about 24.” (See chart below; click to enlarge.)
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Not a surprise, really. Presumably, if you can afford to purchase a $1,199 laptop or desktop, you can afford to buy an assortment of other gadgetry to go along with it. A couple of other data points worth noting:

  • 66 percent of Mac households own three computers or more, compared to 29 percent of Windows households.
  • 63 percent of Mac households own an iPod. The same can be said of only 36 percent of all computer-using households.

Sadly, NPD’s survey didn’t explore how PCs are used in Mac households or how they ended up there in the first place. Are they leftovers from a PC-to-Mac switch? Are they corporate laptops? Entry-level machines for the kids? High-end gaming machines?


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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik