They make products that are worth the price. To me, having OS X is worth spending a little extra cash. And the iPhone is pretty competitively priced anyway. Not all Apple products are more expensive than their competitors'.
answered Oct 28 '12 at 19:00
Quality costs. I have a playbook and an iPad. The PlayBook crashes constantly, the iPad crashes rarely just an example.
answered Oct 28 '12 at 18:03
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Apple can charge more because their products are unique. They are also crafted from more expensive materials.
Only on apple computers can you run OS X (why you would want to, well we don't have to get into that)
Status Symbol - For many years people referred to mp3 players as ipods, even though they are made from other companies. My mom thought all smart phones where iPhones until i corrected her.
Aggressive marketing - every one with a tv and cable connection, or internet has seen apple commercials at some point (i have no evidence to back this up, but it probably is not too far from the truth.)
Their products look cool
Stable environment - Your kid will not get sick often if you keep him away from other kids on the playground and don't let him play outside.
Aggressive legal actions to remove competitors - think of a dog, you get near his bone, he will growl you might not go near his bone again. If people are to afraid to produce anything close to what you are making, its easy to charge more.
Uninformed users - Users who are not aware of other competition, or don't know what to look for can be easily coaxed into buying apple products at a higher cost, this is not true with all apple users, nor is it exclusive to just apple. If you hear the words iphone enough (going back to aggressive marketing) you will think about iphone when you go to the phone store, and that is what you will ask about.
False since of security - Apple has painted a picture saying "you cant touch us bad guys" or at least that is what they want their users to think, in short it is not true. More and more tools and malware is being developed to exploit apples products as the company gets more common.
answered Oct 28 '12 at 20:40
Short and sweet: Cult of Apple Macintosh.
answered Oct 29 '12 at 20:38
This is a sensitive topic discussed time and time again. In my opinion, Macs are worth my bucks. I love PCs and own several of them, but I still mostly use my Macs. Here's why.
It just works. My workflow on the Mac is far more efficient than on Windows or Linux. Now don't hate me for saying that, everyone works differently. I happen to 'click' with the OS, some of you might not.
Reasons why people still buy them is not because of the hardware. When you're buying a Mac, sure specifications matter, but the OS matters too. Think of buying a Mac with an all inclusive price tag of OS, computer and a quality product. Apple has it's flaws but they sell good because their products are good.
Before I moved to the Mac, and honestly I was always saying, "Wow, what a great marketing strategy Apple." when I say an ad or WWDC or literally anytime they try to sell something. Till I started using one, I changed my opinion on Apple because it made my money's worth.
NOTE: This is my opinion, I respect yours. So don't go hating.
answered Oct 30 '12 at 07:00
Pretty much because the resell value is high and I like the form factor of my MBP, who wants to carry a brick as a laptop.
And it is also plays any game that I have on my steam library on the highest settings, if I were to buy a 'gaming laptop' I would end up with a monster desktop replacement with a battery life of 3 blinks of my eyes.
I ended up linking the MBP and I already had the iPhone (It was the thing to have and still is, got a big iTunes library now making it impossible for me to try new offers by other companies now) which led me to the purchase of the new iPad (3), which I only use rarely but would like to mount in my car someday.
answered Oct 30 '12 at 10:36
In my opinion, I just love the quality and the experience that you get with Apple devices. For example, despite being a windows user for 10 years, it took me about 2 days to get used to using Mac OS X. I have now been using Mac OS X for about a year and am still loving it! :)
In relation to the quality side of things, I currently own one of the original iPod Touches (1st Generation.) Even after being used every single day, it is still working perfectly - minus modern apps working with it anymore!
answered Oct 30 '12 at 10:40
answered Oct 30 '12 at 23:25
If I felt it was worth it I would, I have an iPhone because I felt it was worth the money, I am not comfortable with a Macbook at this time because the cost and the limitations (I want an optical drive) And with the software issues I would likely find it makes little sense for me to purchase a system that would cost so much more that I can do half as much with. Everything just works with other systems as well (not Linux!) What I can see doing at some point is a retina Macbook Air (unless they blend the Airs with the Macbooks) It is an ultrabook thus it is not suppose to have drives etc... nice compact small system, that could run OSX and Windows 7.
As for a tablet I likely would go for an iPad depending how Windows Surface Pro turns out, however I am still on the fence about a full OS on a tablet and all that comes with maintaining a full OS when you may just want something right to the point and easy to use.
Air, iPad, iPhone, iPods all have good value to me.
The resale value is nice, I have seen two three year old Macbooks go for a good amount when even a higher end Windows laptop would likely lose far more value over that same time.