To start let's look at some of the stats. Based upon a recent survey that was published by Apple Device Management Company Jamf, 40% of college student currently use a Mac, while 71% prefer Mac compared to PC. Also, according to Business Insider, 82% of American teenagers own an iPhone. While we could not get statistics for AirPods and Apple Watch, we could assume that people in the Apple ecosystem are exposed to these products and are likely to want to even have those products.
Now there can be a pretty nice advantage having all Apple products including Messages across devices, hand-off, synchronized calendars and reminders. You have only one place to go for all your products servicing if needed. Having all Apple products allows you to even try your hand at Swift programming for macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
Why Do College Students Tend to Go for Apple Products?
While this answer may vary depending upon the group that you ask, the main reason that we hear is the ease of use and "it just works". Apple devices require very minimal work to setup and are very easy to learn.
Apple is still considered the choice for creative professionals even though more powerful and even less expensive hardware exists that can outperform Apple's solutions. This plus the suite of software that is available on macOS and iOS means that many professionals and aspiring learners will look towards Apple for their devices. With Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and Xcode along with others, Apple has an amazing suite of software that is optimized for Macs and macOS. Unfortunately, most Apple software is not available on PCs (expect for a select few like iCloud Drive and the now deprecated iTunes), but it is a part of being in the Apple ecosystem.
A lot of why college students also think they want all Apple products is for status. The glowing Apple logo (yes, we know the logo no longer glows on new MacBook models) is a status symbol. People associate Apple with modern design and pushing forward with "courage" to do things that may not seem like a good idea to customers but actually helps push technology forward, like removing FireWire in favor of the slower, yet more wide spread USB 2 standard or when Apple switched their MacBooks to only ThunderBolt 3 USB-C forcing people to use the newer and faster standard.
So, Do College Students Really Need A Full Assortment of Apple Products?
The simple answer: no. College students do not need a full assortment of Apple products. While there is advantages to having all Apple products there are other setups that you can utilize that do not solely rely on Apple devices. For example, you could just have a MacBook and an iPhone and that would be enough to takes notes and do all of your school work, or simply a laptop that can run a document editor, keynote, and whatever other software your college may require (be sure to check with your college before you make a final decision on your laptop of choice). Just remember whether you choose Windows, Linux, or macOS be sure to get more storage then you think that you may end up using during college.
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