Mac more common than PC on campus
After becoming a “Coca-Cola Campus” a few years ago, the ASU – Jonesboro campus is slowly making the transition to being a Macintosh campus as well.
While more official methods were involved in the former, the company is slowly increasing its footprint on the campus, especially after the opening of the IT Store in October and the beginning of the school’s iPad initiative next Fall.
The IT Store is an officially licensed Apple store, the only one in Jonesboro with the next closest one located in Memphis. The store primarily sells Apple products, but does offer a selection of non-Apple products.
People associated with ASU can purchase Macs, due to the educational discount on them, but any customer, whether they are associated with ASU or not, can put forth their money for a PC.
Drew Holland, a sophomore psychology major of McCrory and an owner of a Macbook Pro for three years, doesn’t believe the store favoring Mac products is an issue.
“I think it is fair, because that’s what’s primarily what’s being demanded now. I think if there were a demand for PC related products, they would be there,” Holland said.
Holland believes programs like Word and Excel function better on the Mac, but said some school related programs like the one required for an algebra class are slower on the Mac than PC.
Karinda Brown, a sophomore exercise science major of Greenwood, has worked as the IT Store since before its October opening and has owned a Macbook Pro for three years.
“I’m not quite sure about the exact ratio, but (inventory) is like 80 percent Apple because we are an Apple authorized store,” Brown said. “We used to pretty much sell PCs just to departments.”
According to osxdaily.com, during the fourth fiscal quarter in 2010, 89.2 percent of personal computer sales were for systems that ran Windows, while 10.8 percent of sales were from Macs.
Brown believes ASU is turning into an Apple campus and that in itself is a real positive thing.
“I think lots of people are just closed minded toward Macs because it’s a whole new thing,” Brown said. “I think once people open up and just really see what all they have to offer, it will be a great positive thing.
According to a July article on Yahoo.com, the gap between the sales of Macs and Microsoft computers is at its lowest point in 15 years, despite PCs still outselling Macs 20 to one, which is down from 55 to one in 2004. This is a number that’s being reflected on ASU’s campus, as students like Stephanie Stafford make the decision to go from a Windows to an Apple.
“They have a few (PCs) but it kind of is all Mac related,” said Stafford, a senior biology major of Marion. “Even with their phones, you can go in there and find an iPhone case like “that” and if you are looking for other cases, there might be one if you’re lucky.”
Stafford recently purchased a Mac computer after previously owning a PC. She noted the longer lasting battery power and the ability to sync her Mac with other Apple products as positive points over a PC. When it comes to using on campus computers, she’ll use “whatever I come to first.”
Stafford believes the university is balanced when it comes to being able to choose between Macs and PCs. Currently Macs can be found in the circulation area on the Dean B. Ellis Library’s second floor where they share space with Dell computers.
Both brands can be found in the Library’s first floor IT Lab, while Dell’s are exclusive in the Sun Belt Lounge and the third floor in the Carl R. Reng student union and in Wilson Hall’s labs.
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