iMacs Named “Most Desirable” Desktop Brand In U.S.

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The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.

The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.

The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.


A new report from analysts Park Associates has placed Apple at the top of the list for most desirable brand in the desktop computer category.

Apple has previously topped the survey for most desired brand in tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, and streaming devices — but this adds one more platform to the list.

“In 2011 and 2012, Dell was the top desktop brand, but Apple has displaced it, making Apple now the most popular brand across even more key consumer electronics categories,” John Barrett, Parks Associates director of consumer analytics noted.

Apple debuted as the third most desired desktop brand in 2011, prior to knocking HP from second place in 2012, and finally displacing Dell for this year’s top spot.

The research shows the top-five intended brands for desktops are as follows:

1. Apple
2. Dell
3. HP
4. Acer
5. Asus

The most popular brands among tablet shoppers are:

1. Apple
2. Amazon (Kindle)
3. Samsung
4. Microsoft (Surface)
5. Acer

For streaming media devices, top brands are the following:

1. Apple TV
2. Roku
3. Buffalo
4. D-Link (Boxee Box)
5. NETGEAR

The survey was conducted across 2,500 households in the U.S. during this year’s fourth quarter.

It is worth pointing out, however, that while this survey is about “desirable” brands, this does not necessary translate to actual purchases.

An example of this was Park Associates’ previous research which placed Apple TV as the most desired streaming media device available — only for it to be outsold by Roku boxes.

Park Associates didn’t give a specific reason for the discrepancy but noted that, “being the ‘preferred’ brand is certainly an advantage, but consumers can still change their minds”.

Source: Park Associates

Via: T3