Yes, most of us are hardcore computer users here with multiple machines – at least a desktop and a laptop. But surprise – the mainstream Apple computer owner is more hardcore than the average Windows PC owner.
According to research from the NPD Group, Apple computer ownership has risen from 9 percent in 2008 to 12 percent this year. Nearly 85 percent of Apple owners also own a Windows-based PC.
What's more, 66 percent of Apple-owning households have three or more computers, while only 29 percent of Windows PC households can claim the same. Not surprisingly, with the popularity of the MacBook, 72 percent of Apple owners have a notebook, while only 50 percent of Windows owners have a portable.
Taking it a step further, Apple owners also have more electronic gadgets. Ownership of iPod, DSLR, camcorder, LCD TV and navigation devices are far more prevalent in Apple-owning households than those with just Windows machines.
Of course, one strong explanation of this is that Apple computers cost more, and thus are more likely attached to those with more disposable income for electronic luxuries.
“While Apple owners tend to own more computers and more electronics devices, there is also a high correlation among Apple owners and more affluent consumer households,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “Thirty-six percent of Apple computer owners reported household incomes greater than $100,000, compared to 21 percent of all consumers.
“With a higher household income, though, it’s not a surprise that those consumers are making more electronics purchases,” Baker said. “The average Apple household owns 48 CE devices whereas the average computer household owns about 24. Apple household owners’ actions and purchases can be used by the industry as leading indicators for hot new products and adoption.”