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Old 07-21-2023, 10:21 AM
 
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In the 90's when I was in Elementary School, almost all of the computers were Macintosh. LCII or Quadras or the like were older computers in the library. ...

All this time the Apple products seemed only to be seen in schools. ....

Obviously, that has changed. But I'm sure there was a value proposition that made them lucrative to school districts for a long time; . ...
A major marketing plan for Apple, was to distribute their products to schools and libraries (often for free) , and to encourage software development for their platform specifically to educators. This was to obtain 'early adopters' , young users who would later become Apple's customer base.

Seemed to work.

Keeping a proprietary operating system helped assure loyalty, and focusing on the 'user experience' as core to new product development met the needs of their customers.

Schools and libraries drove much of the early Apple product development and refinement. Thus they followed their customers to college, then entered the workplace with products such as VisiCalc and Adobe (desktop publishing). Founder Steve Jobs was very artsy minded, developing GUI / later buying Pixar and bring Apple front and center in graphics / visual interface.

He fought hard, and won few battles, but did insist on winning the important ones to direct the path of the company.

K-12 education has benefited, if they chose to do so.
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Old 07-21-2023, 03:52 PM
 
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In the 90's when I was in Elementary School, almost all of the computers were Macintosh. LCII or Quadras or the like were older computers in the library. Then the Powermacs came out and it's really the first personal computing model name I remember. From there the iMac's were installed in the early 2000's in all the district's computer labs and whatnot.

All this time the Apple products seemed only to be seen in schools. I'm sure there were organizations that had a use for them (I'm told in creative fields,) but you really didn't see them widespread in the market. When I went to college in the mid 2000's there was only one or two kids on the floor of the dorm building that had Mac's.

Obviously, that has changed. But I'm sure there was a value proposition that made them lucrative to school districts for a long time; something that Dell or Gateway or HP or Compaq wasn't competitive or interested in. Maybe it was education software availability, maybe it was support provided to schools, hard to say.

From what people say there has been penetration from Chromebook and probably others into the schools. I don't know much about it.
That stuff worked nicely, when it was new, but their high cost encouraged them to keep them well past their useful life.

The Chromebooks cost less than they were paying for a Windows license.
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