Apple products on the rise at CU
An Apple a day keeps the doctor away as the old adage says, and almost a third of CU students adhere to that creed.
“The school and its students are equal in their products,” said an employee at the Buffalo Chip who was unable to give their name due to corporate policy. “Seventy percent are PCs, and 30 percent are Macs. Depending on where you are on campus, it changes.”
On Oct. 22 Apple released its financial results for the quarter and year.
“The company posted revenue of $6.22 billion and a net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share,” the Apple press release stated. “These results compare to revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 33.6 percent, up from 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter.”
CU’s computer selection is divided depending on what work is being done with the computers on campus. The ATLAS building is almost 100 percent Apple, along with the School of Music, while the engineering school is almost 100 percent PC, numbers are a rough estimate provided by the Buffalo Chip employee.
“If the computers are purchased within departments, then the educators discount is applied,” said Greg Stauffer, 39, public relations and communication manager for Information Technology Services. “Otherwise the school gets a larger discount when buying centrally.” Stauffer said this process accounts for how CU purchases its Apple products.
The student discount and educators discount is the same when buying a computer. It is $100 off of the retail price for the iMac, which is the most common Apple machine used on campus, while laptops have the same discount and are used more often by students.
The number of computers is tracked through registration of the machines; there is no known number for all of the Macs and all of the PCs on campus. However, ITS does keep track of registration of Macs and PCs in the dorms and those numbers have been changing gradually over the last few years.
This year, the residence halls registered 5,275 PCs and 2,844 Macs. In 2003 the residence halls registered 9,639 PC’s and only 907 Macs, according to ITS records over the last five years.
“When I am on campus I guess I use what is available,” said Brett Toplyn, a senior business management major. “In the business school I use PCs since that is all they have. When I graduate I will probably get a Mac, though.”
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