Leander Kahney writes in Wired News about the change in how people are thinking about Apple in the last few weeks. There certainly does seem to be a widespread shift an attitudes about Apple. He points out that Wilkes University in Pennsylvania is switching to Mac to save money, and experts are recommending Macs for the enterprise. There's no longer an argument that there's not enough software available for Macs, since Macs can run Windows software perfectly well. Even Wall Street thinks Apple is a good deal these days.
Kahney attributes this sea change to the iPhone and the fact that it already looks to be a massive hit. I disagree.
More and more people are having to make the decision about upgrading to Vista. If they're forced into upgrading to Vista when they buy a new computer, they also have to make the decision about any other computers they own for compatibility reasons. And then there's MS Word 2007, which will require a translator to play nice with previous versions of itself.
With a Mac running Parallels Windows apps run right alongside Mac apps, and the two OSs can share files with a simple drag and drop. You no longer have to worry about viruses. A Mac desktop doesn't cost much more than an equivalent PC laptop. And there's that whole "ease of use" thing, and the fact that for the most part things just work on a Mac. Why would anyone buy a PC any more if they didn't have to? No wonder Mac sales are up.
And I agree that in the case of Wall Street, buzz about the iPhone helps, but you really have to give the iPod a fair amount of the credit as well..
Have your views about Apple changed? How? Why?