Apple most popular among college students

A survey of 158 college students, all undergrads, says 60 percent of new PC purchases by the group this year consisted of Macs. That’s not a huge sample, but it is a representative one, as more and more students are going with OS X-driven computers rather than the old desktop PC. According to the same study last year, Apple held only a 38 percent share, so interest in Macs among this group has almost doubled.

More students than last year also brought a tablet with them to school, though shares in that department are apparently leveling. Apple’s iPad is down a few percentage points, as is the Kindle, while the “other” category is up by 10 percent.

As volatile as those numbers are (which, unfortunately, casts a little bit of doubt on how relevant this study actually is), there are hints that these undergrads are definitely Mac-inclined in their back-to-school purchases. Apple may have become a mobile device company, but its Mac sales are still stronger than ever.

Developer interest in iOS keeps growing!

A survey by Appcelerator with help from IDC says that developers still favor iOS for making their mobile apps. 91% of devs surveyed said that they were “very interested” in making apps for iPhone, and 86% of those surveyed would like to make apps for iPad.

Developers in the survey said that Android fragmentation among devices as well as multiple app stores are keeping them away from projects on that platform.

Microsoft and RIM, on the other hand, are still waiting on customer adoption — the new BlackBerry Playbook is at 20% interest among developers, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is only a little higher than that. At this point in time, Apple has everything developers want: a developer toolkit that’s powerful and relatively easy to use, lots of customers ready to spend money on apps, and a big install base with a solid future. It’s no wonder devs like iOS so much.

70 percent of iPad 2 buyers are new customers

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Did you buy an iPad 2 at launch? Is this your first iPad? If you answered yes to both those questions, then you are similar to most people buying the iPad 2 according to Piper Jaffray analysts. Results from an informal survey of 236 people waiting in line suggests 70% of those customers purchasing the iPad 2 were first-time iPad buyers. This group of consumers bypassed the first generation model and waited for the new and improved version to hit retail shelves.

The survey also revealed about 41% of those buying an iPad 2 opted for the 32 GB model, a figure that is higher than the 32% reported for the original 32 GB iPad. The 64 GB model and the 3G models also gained in popularity, a trend that suggests the iPad 2 will have a higher average selling price than the iPad.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates Apple sold about 500,000 iPad 2 units over the weekend. iPad 2s are reportedly hard to find in retail stores and the estimated ship dates from Apple’s online store are now three to four weeks. Based on these early iPad 2 sales, Munster considers his projection of 5.5 million units sold in the March quarter to be on the conservative side.

90% of all iOS users run 4.X

Chances are at least some of you have Bump installed on your iOS device, according to the guys behind the iPhone app that allows you to quickly and easily exchange contacts by bumping hands their App has been installed on more than 25 million devices.

Now they have released a set of stats about its users that says almost 90% of 25 million users are already running some version of iOS 4.0 or above. Furthermore they state that 10% of its users are still running some form of iOS 3.0, and just two percent of users are stuck back on iOS 2.0. Within the 4.0 crowd, 52.89% are running the latest version of 4.2.1, with 27.5% still running 4.1.

Survey finds that 1 in 3 iPad owners have never downloaded an app.

This will come as a surprise to many, a survey conducted among iPad owners, which is based solely on Apps, found that about a third of iPad owners have yet to download a single app – not even free ones.

According to Another group, 63 percent of the participants in a Nielsen Co. survey, is the audience likely to adopt Apple’snew App Store Economy. These iPad owners purchase their games, read books, do finances – even plan their vacations on the iPad.

The survey was conducted in August, and included 5,000 owners of iPads, iPhones, Kindles and other wireless devices.