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Lots of Apples on the train

On a recent trip on Via Rail from Toronto to Montreal I noticed the free WiFi service was exceptionally slow. The train was full so I figured a lot of people must have been using the service. I wondered how many.

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By chance I had an IP Scanner tool on my iPad Mini so I could actually count the number of users using the service. The fact that 85 people were using the service pretty much explained why it was so slow. But I found a surprise in the numbers that I didn’t expect. You can notice it on this first page of the five page report.

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Here is a breakdown of the users by device type:

  • Apple                44 (31 Mac computer)
  • Samsung          12
  • Unidentified   10
  • BlackBerry        9
  • Windows           4
  • Motorola            2
  • LG                        2
  • HTC                     1
  • TV                         1

I was pretty surprised to see that 52% of all devices on line at the time were Apple and especially shocked to see the percentage of Mac computers at 89% compared to Windows computers. The number is way higher than Apple’s around 20% market share unless there was a higher proportion of MacBook Airs which hold a 50% share of Ultrabooks sold. A quick look around my car indicated most of the Macs were MacBooks or MacBook Pros. The distribution of the other devices..phones and tablets seem to be fairly in line with the marketplace.

Now I realize this survey is unscientific as heck and representative only of that particular train on that particular day but it does raise some interesting questions. Do most Canadians prefer Apple devices or do Canadian train travelers have an affinity for Apple devices? Maybe more Apple users prefer the train over air for the relatively short trip between Toronto and Montreal. What do you think?  Why were there so many Apples on the train? Let me know what you think below in the comments section.
Train photo: By Robert Taylor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobolink/4584614931/) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

2 Comments
  • Manon Boileau

    Hi Bob Business travellers using BBs are on the planes and in the business class on the trains at specific hours mostly is the way I see this
    ManonBoileau

    July 28, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment Manon,

      I suspect the BB listed were tablets, there would be no point connecting a BB phone to the train’s WiFi as the cell data service would be better. This was the afternoon train on a Sunday, I was in business class but the WiFi extends to the entire train.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

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