Besides viruses, spyware, adware and worms? Well according to;Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf in his latest report, “Windows users are buying Macs in increasing numbers,” he wrote. “We estimate in the first three quarters of calendar 2005, over one million of them have purchased a Mac compared to our estimate of 500,000 for the entire calendar year.” He then said, Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006
What does this all mean in real life? Not much in the overall scheme of Windows vs. MacOSX users. What is important is this, when Apple starts selling their Intel based machines next year, (rumor sites are now reporting Mac mini’s for the MacWorld Expo in Jan.) you will see more and more Windows users that are willing to try MacOSX as long as they have their safety net copy of; Windows installed as a dual boot.
I’m afraid, (for the competitors), iPods are not going quietly into the night anytime soon. The introduction of an iPod with video looks to be the beginning of a full line of Video iPods in the next twelve months. Apple stores keep popping up across the country and I dare anyone to walk into an Apple store to look at iPods and not look at the mini or the iMac and be impressed with the style alone. The third quarter was the largest sales quarter in the history of Apple, and the experts all say that it will only get better, even with that we may never see 10% usage of Apple computers again. But I have a feeling that 10% usage of MacOSX will be a reality sooner then we all imagine.