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December 19, 2010 9:20 AM   Subscribe

Do they use Mac OS X in China? If so, how far has Apple penetrated that market?
posted by yclipse to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Here's their flagship store in Shanghai.
posted by modernnomad at 9:38 AM on December 19, 2010

This article reckons that Apple had 0.25% of the market here in 2008 (couldn't find anything more recent on a cursory search); this one from November this year reckons sales are growing at about 8 times the rate of the computer market in general. Anecdotally I've done contract work in design and film shops that were using mostly Apple kit, and I expect it'll continue to branch out of those sectors.
posted by Abiezer at 9:52 AM on December 19, 2010

Although many corporations use Apple gear, it is priced out of reach of most Chinese consumers.
posted by twblalock at 11:44 AM on December 19, 2010

I live in China and only occasionally see a Chinese person using a Mac. (iphones and ipads are popular though). I've asked Chinese people why, and most have sited the expensive cost. Another Chinese person told me it wasn't the cost of Macs that was the main problem, but that Chinese people can't play the games they wanted on Macs. Also, Chinese people get pirated Windows software here for free; not sure what they would do for Macs (I know nothing about computers so forgive me if that doesn't make sense).
posted by bearette at 5:09 PM on December 19, 2010

Also, I'm not sure I buy the cost explanation completely. It's one explanation, but on the other hand I see luxury cars a lot here in big cities, and those are even more expensive than they would be in the States. There's a definite market for luxury goods in China.
posted by bearette at 5:12 PM on December 19, 2010

oops, sorry! I PODS, not Ipads. Have not seen many Ipads. Ok, I'll go away now.
posted by bearette at 5:13 PM on December 19, 2010

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