To hear Apple’s critics tell it, the company’s customer base is made up of sheep who blindly follow the pied piper of esthetics, designer Jonny Ive. We’re Kool-Aid drinkers with plenty of disposable income. I beg to differ and found a graphic which tells the tale.
Newark & New York
If ever there were photos that tell tales worth more than a thousand words, you’ll see them below, and both will point out the obvious.
Apple’s customers are discriminating users who take care to decide which devices to use and why.
Everybody else? They’ve been sentenced to servitude in Windows Hell, or, regarding mobile devices, have become members of the Google Good Enough Club of smartphone and knockoff tablet users.
What’s going on?
It’s completely clear to those without an axe to grind or website page views to prop up with ridiculously constructed arguments about Apple’s impending doom at the hands of Google’s Android.
First, let’s take a look at a photo from a couple of years ago of students in a college auditorium.
The number of Macs on student laps almost jumps out at your eyeballs as if the photo was a 3D movie.
Where are the Windows PCs? Unless forced to by work standards or the job, today’s discriminating young adults use Macs. Compare a Microsoft Store vs. an Apple Store. People from all walks of life are buying from Apple Stores in numbers to make even the rich executives at Samsung and Microsoft jealous.
What about smartphones? Patently Apple generated a stunning photo of mobile devices using Twitter in the New York area, specifically Manhattan in NY and Newark in NJ. As a Brooklyn resident who works in midtown Manhattan I found no surprise in the image.
Where’s the surprise? There is none.
Red is for iPhone, which is heavily concentrated in Manhattan, while green, depicting cheaper Android devices show up strong in parts of Newark. Trust me. There’s a difference in the discriminating tastes of Manhattanite vs. our East Coast brethren in Newark.
Also interesting is the little purple blub representing the last bastion of BlackBerry users in New York City, specifically midtown Manhattan’s financial district. Patently Apple points out the obvious distinction between the two locales.
If you live in the New York metro area, you don’t need to be told that Manhattan is where the region’s rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan’s median income is $67,000 a year. Newark’s is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data. The rich, it seems, use iPhones while the poor tweet from Androids.
That about sums it up, though it would be interesting to see a color for all the five and six-inch Samsung phablets by the two-fisted smartphone females in Koreatown.