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Despite what some of my colleagues believe, Apple fanboyism is alive and well Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More . In fact, it may be stronger than ever, with more people under Apple’s spell now than at any time in its history. The only difference is Apple fanboys (and fangirls 8 Essential Twitter Accounts For Apple Fanboys 8 Essential Twitter Accounts For Apple Fanboys I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention... Read More ) are so numerous, and their mentality so commonplace, that we just don’t notice it any more.

With all of that in mind, we want to find out which Apple products our readers actually own. If any. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Love is Complicated

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from two weeks ago, when we asked, “Which Technology Company Do You Love The Most?

Out of a total of 412 votes, 26.9% chose Google, 25.2% chose Microsoft, 13.8% chose Apple, 6.3% chose Mozilla, 4.1% chose Amazon, 1.2% chose Samsung, 1% chose Sony, 0% chose Facebook, 3.4% chose Other, and 18% chose I Don’t ‘Love’ Any Tech Companies.

It was no surprise to see Google top this Poll, as this is a company with a range of products and services, many of which are offered entirely for free. However, I must admit to being a little surprised to see Microsoft beating Apple Microsoft Wants To Be Loved, Kim Dotcom Launches MegaChat [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Wants To Be Loved, Kim Dotcom Launches MegaChat [Tech News Digest] Microsoft needs some loving, Kim Dotcom launches MegaChat, Apple Watches your battery die, Ello adds media embeds, Amazon becomes Transparent, and old people play GTA V. Read More , and by such a significant margin.

It’s also interesting, and admittedly quite satisfying, to see Facebook come last with a total of zero votes. And yet we all still carry on using Facebook 10 Reasons Why People Still Use Facebook [We Ask You Results] 10 Reasons Why People Still Use Facebook [We Ask You Results] The main reason people still use Facebook is because everyone else uses it. Go figure. Read More regardless. Why? Because we’re all addicted Facebook Psychology - Is Addiction Affecting Our Minds? [INFOGRAPHIC] Facebook Psychology - Is Addiction Affecting Our Minds? [INFOGRAPHIC] Internet Addiction Disorder (otherwise known as Facebookalitis) is set to become the big psychological disorder of the 21st century - and it seems we have mostly Facebook to thank for that. Thanks to the social... Read More . Probably.



Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from EgoAnt, Hildy J, and Callum. Comment Of The Week goes to likefunbutnot, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Which Technology Company Do You Love The Most? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Technology Company Do You Love The Most? [MakeUseOf Poll] Love is a wonderful thing. But is it still wonderful when we express our love for a particular gadget or service, or the company responsible? Let's find out via the MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :

voted for Mozilla. Mozilla is a testament to the open Internet, something that no one else is really supporting these days. Supporting the things that Mozilla wants to do really means being able to build an internet that will function without Microsoft, Google, Facebook and/or Apple, which is as it should be.
I didn’t like its choice of CEO in 2014, but I suspect there aren’t many CEOs whom I would like.

Microsoft’s business seems to be trying to hammer everything into the shape of a desktop computing platform that it can sell Windows and Office on that platform. Microsoft really doesn’t understand the interest of consumer-level computing, mobile devices or entertainment platforms. It just knows business really, really well. It’s where IBM was thirty years ago.

Google, Apple and Facebook all create walled gardens of exclusionary content to no benefit but their own. Samsung wants to be be a lifestyle brand in the mode of Apple and Sony and does indeed make decent, inexpensive hardware. But it has a tin ear building anything (or at least, anything anyone outside of Korea) actually wants and its successes all too often have been due to its willingness to ship dozens or hundreds of products so that a few can find some success.

I do like Amazon. I like what Amazon offers, my Amazon tablet, my prime membership and its ability to be my one stop shop for almost everything that involves shopping. I like that it plays well with others and works with everything. It’s the way a digital services company should be. But I don’t love it because to my mind, it’s just doing the thing that everyone who wants to sell products should be doing.

Sony is so far off the tech radar at this point that I can’t believe it’s being discussed in this context (“Guys! We still make a game box! And TVs? You guys like TVs, right?”). Its decline suggests the course I suspect Apple and Facebook will ultimately follow.

We chose this comment because it offers an extremely valid argument as to why Mozilla should be loved by more people. The commenter also aired his opinions on all of the other technology companies mentioned, which offers us valuable insights into the mindset of MakeUseOf readers.

The Apple of my iDevice

Apple recently announced it had sold 1 billion iDevices. Atypically for the company, this rather impressive factoid was hidden away in its latest earnings call. But then that was the same earnings call during which Apple announced it had just enjoyed the most profitable quarter of all time Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Everything is awesome for Apple, The Pirate Bay returns, hotels told not to block WiFi, YouTube dumps Flash, Grim Fandango Remastered arrives, and Budweiser transforms guy into Pac-Man. Read More . By any company. Ever.

Selling 1 billion of anything is impressive, but it’s even more impressive when the things you are shifting are premium products Apple Tax: Why Do Macs Hold Their Resale Value? Apple Tax: Why Do Macs Hold Their Resale Value? You've probably heard it before: Macs may cost more, but they hold their value. Is this true, and if so why? Read More which sell for hundreds of dollars apiece. Which got us wondering which specific Apple products our readers currently own…

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.

You can make multiple selections in this Poll, up to a maximum of four. If you own more than four of the Apple products named then please choose the most recent and/or relevant ones.

We want to know details: what specific models of iPhone or iPad you own, what year you bought them, and why you still own them to this day. Voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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  1. Kevin W
    November 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    iPhone 6S (2015, Silver)
    13" Macbook Pro Retina (late 2013)
    17" Powerbook G4 (2003)
    12" iBook G4 (2004)
    15" iMac G4 (2002)
    iBook G3 Clamshell Firewire (2000, Indigo)
    Original iMac G3 (Bondi Blue, 1998)
    Original iMac G3 (Grape, 1999)
    Original iMac G3 (Ruby, 2000)
    Powermac G4 (1999, AGP Graphics)
    Powerbook G3 (1999, Pismo)
    Powerbook Duo 210 (1992)
    Powerbook Duo 230 (1992)
    Macintosh SE (1989)
    Imagewriter II
    QuickTake 200

  2. Dan
    February 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Happy Apple products user here after years of being a Windows and Android advocate. I switched to Apple because their products help me do all the things I need to do in a cool and headache-free way. As to the "walled garden" concept, that's completely foreign to me: I always break out my iDevices from Apple's "jail", which allows me to customize them to the sky and above. I'm 100% satisfied with my jailbroken iPhone 5S and iPad Air 2 Cellular, both Gold, and both 64 GB. Additionally, I own a powerful 27'' iMac which runs OS X 10.10 Yosemite flawlessly. The brilliant Apple ecosystem makes my devices integrate perfectly with each other. How many Windows/Android users can say the same?

  3. J
    February 16, 2015 at 8:25 am

    15" MacBook Pro Retina
    13" MacBook Pro
    13" MackBook
    (2) Mac Mini
    27" iMac
    19" iMac
    Time Capsule
    (4) Airport Express
    iPad 2
    iPad 4th gen
    iPad Air 2
    (6) Apple TV

  4. Hildegerd
    February 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Only a white Macbook from 2010. I hate iOS, so an iPhone is out of the question.

  5. Jay
    February 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Way overpriced and the fact that their billions are offshore not helping U S economy at all. And then there's the walled garden.

  6. Robert
    February 10, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I do not own any Apple products and never will and if I was given one I would immediately sell it without even opening the package. The reason? I do not agree with anything that Apple has done, their products are over priced, and thier laptops and desktop systems are very good examples of over priced and underpowered! The other main reason is their walled infastructure that totaly prevents any end user freedoms. The only reason I still use Microsucks products is becasue I am an avid gamer so I put up with their BS so I can play the 200+ games in my Steam Library. My platform of choice is Linux and all of my systems are dual boot between Gentoo Linux (primary) and Windows 7 64bit Ultimate that is run when gaming. Oh and btw Windows 7 is the last Microsuck OS I will run, if they were smart they would create their next OS as a Linux distro like Google does with a Windows overlay running on top of a Linux kernel. Fortunately due to the efforts of the Valve Co and their development of the SteamOS and the many companies that will make the Steam Boxes more and more games are being available to run nativly under Linux. Though I do not run the SteamOS I am running Steam under my Linux install and run all of the Linux games that are in my current library of games. Perhaps as time goes by more and more games will be produced for Linux.

  7. Joseph Annareddy
    February 10, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Never have and never will..
    LINUX FTW!!!

  8. Pat Oliver
    February 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I actually started on Apples and still have a working Apple II. I own 2 MiniMacs and use a Mac at work, use Firefox as my preferred browser, generally use DuckDuckGo for searching and have Microsoft Office for Mac on all of them. I am a HS librarian and find that I can use all of my employer's preferred MS software (more or less) seamlessly. Back in the day, I bought Apple stock so I have a soft point for the company.

  9. Bob H
    February 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I got burned early on when the Apple 2+ was superseded by the Apple Macintosh. The early products were extremely expensive and at that stage somewhat revolutionary, but far too expensive. Subsequently the walled garden was developed, and that made me turn away from Apple.
    Despite grumblings in the smartphone arena, Samsung and others have rapidly caught up and passed the "i" world and at a cheaper price offer more of the convenience and flexibility the user world wants.

    • dragonmouth
      February 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      " The early products were extremely expensive and at that stage somewhat revolutionary, but far too expensive. "
      Interestingly, it was the IBM PCs that were the more expensive computers at the time. One could get a turnkey Apple II+ system for about $2,500. A equivalent IBM PC was closer to $5,000. Granted the Lisa, a Mac precursor, went for $10,000 but it was not ready for prime time, few were sold so, consequently, Apple quit making it.

      IBM and Apple followed two diametrically philosophies when it came to clones. IBM encouraged other companies to develop clones, while Apple assiduously eradicated clone makers. That was the start of the "walled garden."

  10. dan
    February 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Zero. Just because I don't like Apple.

  11. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    As an artist and one time DTP person there has never been any question as to which type of computer I would own. My current iMac, a mid 2010 (27")3.2GHz Intel Core i3 with 16GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive is a bit old now but is still a great machine. Windows is fine for office applications and gaming but not so good for my needs. I see my 32GB iPad Mini (an original 2012 model) and my iPhone 5s (bought in 2014) as natural extensions to my desktop and ideal for keeping in touch with current projects.

  12. robh
    February 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    None. Apple don't make computer products, they make over priced fashion accessories which happen to use computer technology.

    My complete response is a (draft) 11 page document but, in brief, key factors for me (as a computer geek) are: slow/reluctant to embrace standards and the way they exploit app developers.

  13. Neil
    February 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    None. Why pay for the brand name?

  14. Harold
    February 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Why own a proprietary useless product.

  15. Dave
    February 9, 2015 at 5:31 am

    1. My daughter's Macbook Pro and iPad mini
    2. My wife's iPad
    3. My iPad
    4. My son's iPad
    4. My Mac 27" i7
    5. Five iPhones in the family.

    Why? You turn them on, they work, easy to learn and use, they don't break. No viruses, no spyware, no trojans, etc,etc... My daughter is a heavy user of her Macbook Pro for 4 and a half years, personal use, college work, social media, etc... It still works like new out of the box with no maintenance required except a new battery last year. No contact EVER required with tech support and the extended warranty was a waste of money, not needed! I could give you story after story of all of my family's Apple products, all similar. I won't bore you... I used to be a hard core Microsoft Windows user for years. I will NEVER go back after years of "format and reload" time after time after time. Expensive security software that the hackers are always one step ahead of and cheap hardware that has to be replaced or updated every freaking year or two...

    I hope all the Apple haters keep buying Microsoft! That way Apple products will hopefully not get any more expensive than they already are! Oh... and damn worth it.

  16. Bob
    February 9, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Macbook Air Mid 2012, Mac Mini late 2012, iPhone 6, iPad Mini with Retina plus no room to indicate I also own 3 Apple TVs

  17. Elizabeth
    February 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I have a 10 year old iPod Classic that is still used for audiobooks. Since they use iOS at work I purchased refurbished 2nd gen iPad Mini after they announced the 3rd generation to use at the office for app testing .

    Love Palm devices and still have those (much better Address book). When it was clear that Palm was on its way out I switched to Android phones and tablet. Currently using MotoX phone and Nexus tablet (prefer a cleaner OS and devices I can customize).

    Both Android and iOS have pros and cons. When asked, I tell people to try both and find which works best for them.

  18. Al
    February 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I got an itouch in high school to hold my music and see what the hype was about. I didn't like the lack of flexibility to customize the device. I've only owned Windows and Android since, mainly because I feel like I have more control over the devices. I was never an aesthetic guy so it was fine with me. But I got to respect what they've done in changing the face of commonplace technology.

  19. Anonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    None. Never will buy an Apple product! Never liked Apple! I'm happy with Windows and Android.

  20. Dmitry
    February 8, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Just came here to vote 'none of above' and say that _vote_ will be non-representative anyway as people outside of iCrowd and 'see, apple is rotten' preachers will mostly ignore it.
    As for me - ecosystem fragmentation is bad, so as Windows is my desktop/notebook OS since '95 and android devices are dozen a dime(*), i see no reason to test those iWaters.

    (*)If WinMobile wasn't dead with WP7 being a failure, there would be no Android too. Now (with total cost of apps i purchased being more than price of low-end smartphone _before_ counting purchased games) idea of paying for essentially same apps AGAIN is huge cons against any new ecosystem.

  21. Hildy J
    February 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I've been in the market since almost the beginning. At work, at least since our Wang word processors were replaced with PCs, all the computers I've had on my desk ran Windows or OS/2 and my personal PCs were Windows.

    With pocket devices, I went the PDA route with Palm rather than the music only iPod and I saw nothing with the iPod touch to get me to switch. The Newton might have been tempting if it was smaller and lighter but I didn't see the need for a bigger Palm-like device.

    As one who carried a pager for midnight crises, I was avoiding mobile phones when the iPhone was introduced. When I eventually succumbed, I went with Nexus because it did what I needed, was significantly cheaper, and didn't lock me to a carrier's exorbitant contracts.

    As far as tablets, my non-gaming home PCs have been Windows tablets for over a decade (Motion m1300, OQO 02, HP Slate 500, Thinkpad Tablet 2, Dell Venue 8 Pro). They do more and (now) cost less than the iPad so I've never considered switching.

    I would say that nothing that Apple has ever offered has appealed to me. I always favored function over form and the functions available on iDevices have, generally, been limited. I've never put walls around my garden and I've never like people who do. My apple tree feeds the wildlife more than it feeds me and I'm fine with that.

  22. Vicki H
    February 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    iPad 4th gen. iPod 4th gen and an iPhone 4s. Looks like a pattern. Would love new but these still work fine so maybe next year I'll upgrade. Love them all but use the iPad the most.

  23. John
    February 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    None. Why not the below?
    iPod => Why would I own an IPod when I have a phone?
    iPhone => I'm happy with my nexus 5 thank you
    Apple TV => The only reason to have a TV is to play computer media on it, at which point, I'd rather just have a larger monitor.
    iPad => Computer at home, laptop at work, phone always on me, and a kindle with instapaper for reading. I don't need another digital device for my needs.
    MacBook => This one might be nice, but I'm way to cheap.
    Mac => see MacBook. I got a great desktop from the scrap bin at work that I upgraded to Win7 so I'm happy

  24. GP
    February 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I'm writing this on a PC but I have an iPad, iPod Touch 5G, and Apple TV. My iPad is the original and I still use it every day and works as well now as on its first day. Of course, it is limited by the lack of updates. I'll soon buy the latest iPad Mini, no question. The iPod is my PDA and is flawless.

  25. Paul Harris
    February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I don't own any Apple products...I don't like the proprietary locked system. Special cables, etc.
    Most Apple accessories carry higher prices.

  26. J
    February 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    At least one of each.

  27. suzybel
    February 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I have an iPod that was given to me, works great, very little storage, but it's tiny. I don't use it at all. I bought my iPad second hand, wasn't going to because I didn't think I'd use it, but it hasn't left my grimy little hands since I got it. It follows me everywhere.

  28. Prosthetic Lips
    February 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    None. I have had an iPhone (on loan, before my own smartphone days), and didn't like it. Like all of the Apple items, it is supposed to "just work," yet when it doesn't, you don't really get an explanation of why.

    I also disagree with the "walled garden" approach; we are all adults here, we don't have to have you keeping us safe from ourselves. If I install an app from a shady source and it messes up my phone, that's my problem.

  29. sfmitch
    February 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Got one of each:

    iMac, Macbook, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Airports, Apple TV

  30. likefunbutnot
    February 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    My employer provided me with a Macbook Pro and an iPhone. I don't really use the Mac and I actively ignore the phone.
    There's nothing really WRONG with the Macbook. I don't care for its keyboard or touchpad and it's not as powerful as the Thinkpad I normally carry, so it's mostly a paperweight.

    • George
      February 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

      You don't like the trackpad on a Macbook Pro?? I've never owned (or even used) a windows laptop that I didn't want to have a mouse connected to it, but I am completely satisfied using the track pad on my Macbook Pro. Love it!

    • likefunbutnot
      February 10, 2015 at 3:57 am


      Christ no. Neither the keyboard nor the trackpad are acceptable. First, I'd prefer a textural distinction between the pointing surface and the chassis, and I don't like that the whole trackpad rocks during a click event. Likewise, the keys on the MBP keyboard have odd spacing and limited travel. Additionally, there's a hard metal edge on the MBP that makes wrist positioning difficult, so they don't feel particularly comfortable to type on regardless. Apple keyboards, whether hardware or software, have universally sucked since probably the last Apple II rolled off the line.

      I'm perfectly capable of using any pointing device put in front of me. I use the Joy Nipple when I'm given one and I prefer trackballs on desktops, but in both cases that is because I prefer the limited amount of hand motion needed for pointing. But ergonomic and decent input options are not among Apple's strong points.

    • likefunbutnot
      February 10, 2015 at 4:05 am

      I should also say that I've been given two iPads and won one in a contest. I gave all of them away. When I got the first one, I kept it for almost a week, being simply incredulous at how limited its ability to handle external content and network connections were. I have said repeatedly that iOS, even in its most current form, is less functional than the Windows Mobile device that I had in 2005 and I still know that to be true.

      The second device lasted about two hours, just to verify that nothing had changed since the last time I used one. The third I only kept about five minutes.

  31. Michael Rhodes
    February 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    (Tried to add iPhone to the list, but the poll wouldn't let me. wtf?)

    My household is pretty much all Apple. Have an Airport station (which wasn't listed). For me, it's an entirely personal choice, what I'm used to. For me, having had to use Windows, I'm just more productive with OS X. The hardware, again in my experience, is very reliable and sturdy. I've had over 5 Macs in the past 20 years and none of them had any hardware issues, they were replaced because they became obsolete, i.e. couldn't run the latest OS/apps.

    Currently, very happy with the new (late '13 model) 27" iMac with a second monitor attached. Got an iPad Air for some beta testing I did last year. Replaced my second gen iPad. Wife's still using her 2nd gen iPad. We both got iPhones 5c via a promotion our carrier had. So glad to be off the Galaxy SII/Android. Never really got comfortable with that darn phone in the 1 ½ years I've had it. Now I can answer calls over my iMac or iPad if I'm not nearby my iPhone. While that may seem like a circus trick, It allowed me on many occasions to do stuff while talking on the phone, when I need to.

    My progression of Macs -- Mac Classic, Mac IIsi, G3 tower, Mac Pro (2007) and now the 27" iMac. Most of these (II si, G3 and Mac Pro) I've added memory and video cards -- only to boost what I could do and not because the originals were defective, btw.

    When I got my new iMac home, it was defective out of the box. A quick call to the Apple store and I returned the bad iMac, got a replacement in a week (it was a custom BTO iMac) and they gave me a nice credit ($100+) in the Apple store as a way of making up for my lost time. You really do get what you pay for. For me, I can just get to work on my writing and comics without having to worry about "stuff" and that is so important to enabling my workflow and creativity. And that's priceless.

  32. ReadandShare
    February 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Apple products? None. Zero. Zilch.

    • ReadandShare
      February 8, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Disagree with Apple's walled garden approach.

  33. Eileen Souza
    February 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I voted none of the above for 4 reasons: overpriced,too many compatibility issues, restrictive purchasing, and the only fraud I've ever been a victim of was perpetrated via the Apple store.

    • J
      February 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Compatibility issues?

  34. Phil N
    February 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    There's no option for None?

  35. Peter
    February 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Other = none of the above.

  36. dragonmouth
    February 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Apple II+, Apple IIe, Apple IIGS.

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