Of course not! Apple products are for everyone.
Apple Computer Newbies come in every age group. Mac Newbies can be youngsters, or they can be senior citizens beginners. They can be newlyweds in their 20s, or middle-aged and divorced. Apple Computer Newbies can also be folks whose initial computer proved to be too confusing and difficult to navigate. Essentially, Apple Newbies can be anyone. Guys, gals, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, your neighbor across the street. All were beginners at one time.
Today, I want to talk about parents with school age children. Parents contemplating the purchase of their child’s first Apple computer have a special requirement to get the right computer. Choosing poorly, often based solely on price, can have terrible consequences. Buying an expensive Mac model doesn’t guarantee a better experience either. An iMac might be the better option. It might simply mean mom and dad overpaid for their hi-tech mistake. But if the parental Apple Newbie picks wisely, the child’s experience will be illuminating and liberating. It always comes down to the choices we decide to make.
It’s been my observation, after using Macintosh computers since 1986, that the genius of Apple and its products was then, and continues to be now, design interface simplicity. By building computers for the child that resides deep within us, Apple literally made Macintosh easy enough for children, really young children at that, to instinctively know how to use it.
Back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, parents might admit to me that they were thinking of getting a PC for their kids. I would go so far as to suggest that making children use a PC running DOS was a cruel form of child abuse! Ok, I admit it. I had way too much fun tweaking my PC using friends back in the good old days of the Mac vs. PC wars.
These days when a parent asks me for advice on buying a new computer, the first question I ask them is pretty basic. “What is the number one thing you intend to do with the computer?” The answers from Apple Newbies all follow the same pattern. Surf the ‘Net, send email, search for recipes, etc. Next, I ask “How do you expect the kids to use it?” Homework assignments, reports, and research are the common responses. Naturally, Parents are clueless about their kids’ real intentions – GAMING. But, hey, that’s a topic for another day.
After analyzing the answers, it becomes pretty clear that Parent Newbies are not buying the Apple computer to do composite layers in Photoshop. And beginners sure don’t plan to do non linear editing of their great film making project. No, most Newbies, Apple or PC, will spend 90% of their time on the computer writing and reading email, searching Google, and reading online news sites. A few will plan to write something more ambitious than email. Others may catalog the photos taken with their digital camera or smartphone. But that about covers it.
It’s my stated purpose to help the Apple Computer Newbie make the best choices possible when it comes to acquiring their computer. And that’s my goal whether the Newbie buys an Apple Mac or a PC. Of course, if I have done my job here at Macs4newbies effectively, 99% of you will be writing comments here on your newly acquired Apple iMacs or MacBooks.
It’s important to be mindful of the fact that Newbies are especially vulnerable to being oversold when they find themselves in “Big Box” retailers. Before you Apple beginners make a final decision, come here and ask me to answer your most important questions. Doing so may just help save you hundreds of dollars in the process!