[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan Think Different... just like everyone else.]]]]

In the real world, the vast, vast majority (85% - 90%) of personal/home computers run some version of UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows. In particular, the majority of engineers, accountants, self-employed people and teachers use Windows [=PCs=]. A fairly small number of geeks, a decently large number of data centers and supercomputer labs, and many, many scientists also run UsefulNotes/{{Unix}}-like systems, particularly GNU/Linux.[[note]]Mac OS X is a Unix-like system[[/note]] This leaves UsefulNotes/{{Apple Macintosh}}es as the minority interest mainly of a small minority of college students, academics, and a number of "creative" types--artists, writers, musicians, etc.

However... it just casually happens that the latter kind of people is [[MostWritersAreWriters the one responsible for all media]]. Combine that with the of messianic zeal that Apple's hardware/software seems to generate in all who buy into it, and we have Apple computers being massively disproportionately represented.

And then we have the fact that Apple knows damn well about this situation and is more than willing to [[MoneyDearBoy supply free hardware]] for ProductPlacement deals. While Windows holds a much larger share of the market, its share is spread among several large and many small vendors. While Microsoft has ventured into hardware with their very well-received Surface line, they hold a relatively small share of the market, focusing on premium (ie: direct mac competitors) leaving mass market [=PCs=] to other manufacturers. So despite an uptick in Surface product placement, the bulk of PC representation in TV and film are generic looking laptops that have Windows replaced by a ViewerFriendlyInterface.

It also helps that the [[AsceticAesthetic minimalist design]] of most Apple products means that, not only do they not stand out in the background of a shot, but they also look pretty damn slick, too.

Note that this does ''not'' apply to [[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture iDevices]], which are actually very popular in the real world. Given that in late 2012, iPads account for something like 70% of all tablet computers, they're emphatically NOT this trope--it would be more notable if someone were using a tablet that was not an iPad.

For iPhones, this applies to some degree -- [[http://9to5mac.com/2016/02/10/apple-market-share/ as of 2016,]] the iPhone is the leading phone model in market share in the United States with a 40% market share, but it's just a relative majority as Samsung is not far behind with a 31% market share. Despite this, it would seem that the iPhone in Hollywood has a 90% market share, and you will be hard-pressed to see a Samsung or a Microsoft phone on American media.

See also IPhony, where a parody or {{Expy}} is used instead.


* A rather infuriating example is the notorious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mGAUwMbXg Finallyfast.com commercial]], which among other terrible things, depicts people happily running Windows-only programs and being foiled by Windows-style hard crashes on Macs... '''[=PowerPC=]''' Macs that ''cannot'' run Windows without emulation. The fact that the program is suspected to be a scam that actually '''gives you''' harmful trojan horses just adds insult to injury, or perhaps, injury to insult.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Besides being a massive MindScrew, ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' is notable for having more references to Apple than possibly every other entry on this list ''combined''. The Navi computers are all clearly modeled after Apple products (Alice uses an iMac ripoff, Lain has a machine that resembles the Twentieth Anniversary Mac); their "cell phones" are modeled after the Apple Newton, a primitive attempt in the early 1990s at creating a functional PDA; the catch phrase "Close this world, open the [=neXt=]" refers to the [=NeXT=] OS, upon which the modern Mac OS was based; hell, the ''voiceover'' that reads the title of each episode is the text-to-speech program that comes with every Mac. That's only to start.
** The "Next Episode" title card used the [=NeXT=] capitalization.
** Even the word "Navi" is speculated to be a shorthand for "Knowledge Navigator", a term a former Apple CEO used to describe computers that functioned primarily as Internet terminals.
** ''[[CatchPhrase Think Different]]''
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Nami expresses a desire to get an iPod for Christmas, and a later episode indicates that she was given one and purchased a Mac computer afterward. Makes sense, since she's normal.
** ''[[CatchPhrase Don't Say Normal!]]''
* The main conflict of ''Anime/SummerWars'' involves an AI that hacks into a virtual world that controls every corner of the Internet ''and'' the world governments. The AI started as an experiment by one of the principle characters, Wabisuke, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. ...guess what kind of phone he has. [[UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Carnegie Mellon University]] has a deal with Apple in RealLife, though, dating back past TheEighties. Otherwise, this is an aversion; geekier characters--Kenji, his nerd buddy, and Kazuma--all use [=PCs=], and Wabisuke's iPhone is the only one out of a whole lot of flip-phones.
* The computers in ''Manga/DeathNote'' are heavily influenced in their design by the contemporary Apple range at the time it was made.
* Inverted in ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU''. Hachiman, the protagonist, has something resembling an iPhone...but he's a misanthropic outcast. Everyone else uses flip-phones.
* If a computer appears in the Anime/{{Pokemon}} world (for example, in ''Anime/Pokemon2000'' and also in at least a few TV episodes), chances are it's running the Pokéverse equivalent of Mac OS.

* Subverted in ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', in that the computer Billy Butcher uses is very, very clearly a Mac Book, but the illuminated logo on the lid has been altered to... a pear. (see also under Live Action TV, Dirk Gently for the same gag).

* The first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film featured plenty of Macs.
** The Apple Power Book had its own ''Mission: Impossible'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpxBFt_96oo TV spot]].
--->''"After you see the film, you may want to pick up the book."''
* Several weeks later in the summer of 1996 Creator/JeffGoldblum hacked the alien mothership in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' with a Power Book.
** That same Power Book ''also'' had its own ''Independence Day'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsAS-Ke8Qhk TV spot]]. The Power Book was busy that summer.
** Goldblum would later go on to star in a series of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z816bVafG_Q ads for the iMac in 1998]].
** It's at least slightly easier to suspend disbelief in the premise (that this works because he's running a distant derivative of the aliens' secretly reverse-engineered OS) with the Mac than if he has a PC and Windows. Slightly.
** On the other hand, while he has Mac hardware, it's clearly a custom OS. How he managed that is anyone's guess.
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' may be a subversion, since the computer got smashed.
** More precisely, the Mac, at the time sold primarily as the computer for people who were bad with computers, was too complicated for Hansel.
* All of the computers and technology used in the movie ''Film/{{Accepted}}'' were from Apple.
** Might be part of a CastingGag, since the star is Justin Long, aka the "I'm a Mac" guy.
* Besides the fact that no hacker worth her salt would be using a Mac in the 1990s, every computer in ''The Net'' ran Mac OS 8. And, the scene at the convention center looked like [=MacWorld=]. [[note]]Because it was the [=MacWorld=] Expo with all the convention-identifying signage taken down.[[/note]]
** Given that said convention center was explicitly stated to be the Moscone Center, home of [=MacWorld=] Expo.
* In both the film and the book of ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]'', both Lisbeth and Mikael both use [=MacBooks=]. Their expensive prices are part of a plot point.
** Not to mention, despite the mid 2000 setting of the story, all of the Apple hardware in the movie is modern (from 2012), despite running software from 2005.
* The normal guy from ''Franklyn'' has a Mac.
* Creator/RowanAtkinson destroys a poor little iMac in ''Film/JohnnyEnglish''.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'''s super computer network was based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connection_Machine Connection Machine CM-5]], at the time the badassest of the badass supercomputers (which makes it a sensible choice from a story point of view versus the Crays of the original book), and had vast numbers of Blinkenlights (making it visually awesome and therefore an ideal movie prop). However, Dennis Nedry's terminal ran on a Mac.
** Not to mention the number of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Graphics SGI]] workstations that show up, which was what the production crew used to create the film's CG. The unintentionally hilarious line "It's a Unix system; I know this" comes as the character is looking at a graphical user interface, something Unix is famous for ''not'' having; this particular GUI happens to be a ''real'' SGI file browser.
*** Unix has had [=GUIs=] since 1987 in the form of the X Windowing System, and most desktop environments then and now for X would be pretty instantly recognizable to anyone who knows how to use Unix or a Unix-like. Actually, the first system to have a GUI was Unix, with the W Windowing system (X's predecessor) being released as early as 1983, a whole year before the Macintosh.
* In the finale of ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'', [[spoiler:the Synapse broadcast]] is done with a [=PowerBook=] G3. It's fitting when you consider how the movie is a feature-length TakeThat at [[{{Creator/Microsoft}} Apple's chief rival]], but it makes less sense when you remember that the film is about computer hackers (who, as stated above, don't use Macs), and that the ProductPlacement goes against the film's pro-open source message (Mac OS is hardly open source software). On the other hand, Apple does support open-source development from time to time (it released it's Darwin kernel and Swift compilers as open-source, as well as it's CUPS printing system, which has become the new standard on Linux and BSD machines), and several Mac OS X components (ie Perl, emacs) originated from the open-source community.
* ''Film/BladeTrinity'' is practically a two hour long commercial for Apple products.
* ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' is an interesting subversion, with Elle's bright pink Macbook intentionally contrasting with the sea of slate-grey, presumably Windows-based laptops her fellow students carry.
* Even Shakespearean characters can own Macs, in adaptations [[SettingUpdate set in modern times]]:
** In the 2000 film version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' starring Ethan Hawke, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have a [=PowerBook=] on which Hamlet discovers the order for him to be beheaded saved as a Word document, which he edits so that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be executed instead.
** Ralph Fiennes' 2011 film of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' shows Coriolanus' son with an iMac in his room, and Coriolanus receiving a Skype call on a [=MacBook=] Pro.
* ''Lambada'' (1990) has a schoolroom full of UsefulNotes/{{Apple Macintosh}}es, which isn't that far removed from RealLife until the kids are inspired to rock out by watching a graphics demo on a Mac SE.
* We know from the film Film/BatmanAndRobin that the Bat-cave's computer is a Mac, it is seen running Mac OS 7 where Alfred's AI (a [=QuickTime=] video!) on the computer interacts with his niece.
* Justified in ''Film/OtherHalves'', a film about computer programmers. Macs are commonly used by app developers, now.

* When personal computers are mentioned in Creator/StephenKing novels, they tend to be Apple products.
* In ''Literature/YoungWizards'', Dairine's [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Wizard's Manual]] starts out as a phone book–sized portable Apple [=IIIc=] (a fictitious hybrid of the [[http://www.apple-history.com/?page=gallery&model=aIIc Apple IIc]] and [[http://www.apple-history.com/?page=gallery&model=aIII Apple III]]), but repeatedly upgrades its own hardware until it ends up being a sleek Mac notebook.
** On the one hand, the computer was substituted for the one Dairine's parents (non-techies) thought they were buying for the family. On the other, the computer's fake-Apple logo (the fruit silhouette without the missing bite) apparently became standard issue. So... yeah.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is shown owning only Macs. Until he switches to his own hybrid designs, but even faerie tech feels a bit Mac-like.
* In the ''Literature/BigendBooks'' by Creator/WilliamGibson:
** ''Literature/PatternRecognition'' has a character who owns an antique Mac G4 Cube. The gentle pulsating of the power lamp when the computer is in sleep mode is apparently quite soothing.
** ''Literature/ZeroHistory'' is awash with iPhones, and a character refers to them as "the default platform."
* Creator/SpiderRobinson loves his Mac, and if a computer shows up in a ''Literature/{{Callahans|CrosstimeSaloon}}'' story, that's what it will be.
** [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy ArthurDent]] buys an unidentified Apple PC in ''So Long And Thanks For All The Fish''. Douglas Adams was also a fan.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', Creator/TheBBC was forced to cover up the Apple logo on the cast laptops due to viewer complaints that it violated product placement rules.
* Mac laptops have shown up from time to time in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho'', and Mac keyboards are used more often than not whenever a prop keyboard is required. The BBC would seem to like it some Macs.
* On ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', the good guys usually use Macs and the villains [=PCs=].
** For one who knows ''24'''s penchant for putting the product of the company who pays the most (Ford) in the hands of the good guys, [[MoneyDearBoy it's easy to tell why]].
** Reportedly, ''24'' uses Macs due to star Kiefer Sutherland being a loyal Mac user and a popular Apple Store customer.
* Averted quite a bit by the Franchise/StargateVerse, where Dells are the most common systems (as with the real-life US military), along with the occasional [=NEC=].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': The computer on which Finn watches the sonogram is a Mac. Even more annoying when you realize that their family is middle- to lower-middle-class.
* Everyone in ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' uses a Mac. This may be due to star Creator/StephenFry's well-known real life love for Apple products and his status as the UK's second-ever Mac owner (Douglas Adams was first.)
* The commentary for the season 1 DVD of ''Series/PeepShow'' specifically notes averting this trope, despite pressure from the art department to put in a Mac simply because it looks more attractive. Ironically, the stars, Mitchell and Webb, also do the UK version of Apple's "[[Advertising/GetAMac I'm a Mac / I'm A PC]]" campaign.
** Fittingly it was Mitchell (who plays the I'm a PC to Webb's I'm A Mac) who made the comments on the commentary. He also noted disapprovingly about about their previous show The Mitchell And Webb Situation using this trope on the commentary to that show.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', a Mac could usually be seen on the desk in Jerry's apartment. It got upgraded from time to time, too.
** Actually possibly a justifiable representation, i.e. not this trope, because as a reasonably well-off "creative" type (a standup comedian) Jerry is ''exactly'' the sort of person who you'd expect to own a Mac at that time.
* ''Series/ICarly'' does the same thing as ''Webcomic/SoDamnBright'', below. Also, if the product is named in dialogue, they'll stick "pear" in the name somewhere--e.g., [=PearPod, PearPhone, or iPear=].
** As do all of the other shows created by Dan Schneider. But it originated on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''
** And if they show an antagonist, such as Nevel, using aforementioned devices, don't expect them to have a [=PearPhone, PearPod etc.=].
* JD looks up info on a patient on a Macbook on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Although it makes sense for a doctor recently out of med school would have one, more likely a few years old.
* All of the computers in ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' are Macs. Though, in this case, it's likely that Birkhoff likes Macs and has them standard for all of Division, and Nikita uses one because she needs s computer that is compatible with the shell program she wrote.
* Every laptop in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' seems to be a Macbook. All the software is sort of generic, though.
* Averted with ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} CSI: New York]]'', where lab work has been seen on laptops with prominent Windows logos.
* Everyone on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' uses Apple products. Jack has an iMac on his desk most of the time and seemingly all the characters carry iPhones. With the possible exception of Jack--who is a high-powered business executive--this makes a certain amount of sense, as (again) ''30 Rock'' is set in the creative industry (specifically television production, and even more specifically Creator/{{NBC}}. Since the whole series is Creator/TinaFey [[WriteWhatYouKnow writing what she knows]], it might actually be realistic.
* Many Macs on ''Series/TheOfficeUS''. One episode's b-plot revolved around the receptionist desk getting a new computer (an iMac), and video conferencing via [=MacBook=] Pro has happened too many times to count. On the other hand, Dunder-Mifflin desk computers all seem to be [=PCs=].
* The characters on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' have taken to carrying around iPhones and iPads.
* While early seasons of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' were guilty of this, with various Mac products used for HollywoodHacking, the later seasons have started to grow out of it. In the later seasons, the team's headquarters has a large, fancy touch screen computer with a quite obvious Windows 7 desktop wallpaper.
* In newer seasons of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', everyone seems to have an iPhone. All ''five'' of Canada's major cellular providers have offered them from the start but it's still hard to see how, let's say, KC can afford one.
* Averted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' in Subway Wars, in which Ted has a laptop with a Windows logo on the lid. Otherwise, in every other episode, all their computers look suspiciously Mac-like.
* Subverted in the BBC mini-series ''Dirk Gently'', in that the computers that Dirk and MacDuff use are both very, very clearly [=MacBooks=], but the illuminated logo on the lid has been altered to... a pear. (Notable also because Douglas Adams, the creator of the character, was the first person in the UK to own a Macintosh and worked for Apple for many years as an evangelist for their technology).
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', all the Chancellors of the Authority use Macbooks. Given that they're hundreds or thousands of years old, and all rich and decadent, it makes a sort of sense, but these are basically almost the only computers ever seen in the show.
* CBS has an deal with Microsoft for product placement the first few years all laptops had mac like windows flag placed on them with no tags for make. Both NCIS:LA and Hawaii Five-0 have Pixelsense systems. now we see both surface tablets and branded ms partner laptops and windows phones from Nokia. The Hawaii 5-0 Season 4 premiere even got he old Pixelsense table shot up so that chin-ho could get an more modern model to show off.
* Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad: Everyone Owns A Compaq. Almost certainly ''not'' a ProductPlacement deal, not for a FollowTheLeader job on Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers on [[NoBudget even more of a shoestring budget]]. In TheNineties Compaq were a big name in corporate IT, a lot like Dell are now, and sold their hardware in bulk. Chances are the showrunners simply called the helpdesk number and asked if they could borrow a few spare workstations for filming.
* In at least season 2 of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', it seems like most of the laptops at the police station are Macs.
* Every single computer appearing in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' is Apple, more prominently the desktops in the Ore Journal office, which are all iMac G3s.
* ''Series/FullerHouse'' appears to be primarily sponsored by Apple, given how Apple products run rampant in the show. But most notably, Macs are often seen in the show- with the fifth episode proudly showing Facetime running on a Macbook, and Stephanie's laptop being shown to be a Macbook with the signature glowing Apple logo on the back of the LCD panel.
** The parent series ''Series/FullHouse'' did show that DJ had a Mac Plus in her room, though she very rarely (if ever) used it.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The characters of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' have, possibly, owned Apple computers since day 1. An early storyline had Andy buying a Mac to replace the Apple II that Jason kept hogging playing games (quite literally "a computer for the rest of us"). In the early '90s, this was quietly replaced with an unspecified desktop box that resembled an early Quadra or Performa. Then in 1999, another storyline was dedicated to Andy buying an "iFruit" family computer, specifically to keep Jason from playing PC games. Since then, Jason has been seen using a modern-style iMac. Of course, the creator, Bill Amend, is a huge Mac fan, as is Jason's mother, Andy Fox (a columnist). The strip's geekier characters (Jason, Marcus, Eileen...) clearly ''aren't''.
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', resident genius Oliver Wendell Jones owned a Banana Jr. 6000. While its name was also a nod to the PC Junior, its look was taken directly from Macintosh - and when first booted up, it [[http://toastytech.com/guis/banana2.html displayed the message]] "IBM Sucks Silicon."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' had everyone use Macs. It actually came out of the fact that Konami didn't want to use a generic [=MP3=] player and asked Apple if they could use the iPod. Snake even gets to equip an iPod with a wide selection of tunes found strewn across the levels or unlocked with the password feature, many of them [[CallBack from older titles in the series]] and some new ones.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Piro in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has one, but considering the sheer number of computers in the house, it's probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. Or maybe he bought it ''for'' its incompatibility with Largo's junk...
* Unwinder from ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' has a [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=31 Mac laptop]]. However, the author of the comic actually uses a Windows PC.
* In ''Webcomic/SoDamnBright'', Never's computer has a pear logo on it. Just like the Apple logo, but with a pear instead of an apple.
* The consoles used by the Exiles in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' all have Apple Keyboards.
* ''Webcomic/{{Applegeeks}}''. The title alone makes it pretty dang clear, plus the author is a gigantic Mac fanboy who likes insulting Windows whenever it comes up.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the Wiki/TVTropes original Web series ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', [[InsufferableGenius Tom]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Dana]] have both been shown using Mac laptops, and the room where they speak to [[TheFaceless Mr. Administrator]] is full of Mac desktops.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Sad owns an [=iPod=], while The Cheat makes all of his [[StylisticSuck crappy Flash animations]] on some type of [=iMac=] (using later models in later cartoons). This is in contrast to Strong Bad's predilection for [[TheAllegedComputer ridiculously outdated PCs]], some of which strictly use a command line interface.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' whenever one of the family is using a desktop, it appears to be an iMac with a colored casing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', right around the turn of the millennium, Hank upgrades Peggy Hill's 80s-era Kaypro to a blueberry iMac.
* Steve in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has a Mac in his bedroom.
** As does Rallo in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''. Not bad going for a 5-year old!
* Creator/{{Pixar}} movies are generally [[JustifiedTrope given a free pass]] on this one since that studio was owned by Steve Jobs before merging with Disney, and since then he was a majority shareholder on the Disney board up until his death in 2011, so it's particularly noteworthy that ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] it several times. Only one of the computers shown in the movie is specifically shown to be a Mac, and an outdated one at that. Andy's laptop vaguely resembles a [=MacBook=] at best, although it does appear to have a Mac OS menu bar and iTunes is clearly open on screen. The computer at Sunnyside is very obviously a PC running [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows XP]].
** Likely a case of Pixar [[ShownTheirWork showing its work]], since a [[FridgeBrilliance day-care center that relies on donated toys wouldn't have the money to spend on a Mac]].
** In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', we see the imaginary boyfriend use an iPhone when we first meet him, complete with one of its' ringtones. Also, Riley owns a cellphone that resembles an iPhone.
* In recent seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' nearly every time a character uses a computer, it's an iMac.
** Parodied in ''[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]''. Everybody, apart from Gerald, seems to use a Mac. Apple, it seems, has control of ''everybody'' and what they can do with them. Kyle gets it pretty bad.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': Even ''woodland creatures'' have Macs, or at least ones who are lawyers do. The same kind of computer also showed up in ''TheRoyalTenenbaums'', and both movies had a very retro/uncertain time period that made the sleek Macs look a bit jarring.
* Every computer seen on ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' is a [=MacBook=], only with the Apple logo replaced with a circle. Desktop computers have yet to be seen.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Played straight at Website/{{Google}}: employees are issued a laptop when hired, choosing between Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebooks. For many reasons, Macs are an extremely popular choice, so it's a common sight to see everyone in a conference room using them.
* A particular fallacy in any governmental setting. Few U.S. federal agencies or departments have Macs as standard equipment, and the Obama staffers moving in with their Macs had major compatibility issues. Any government in media using a Mac (such as ''24'') is an example of this. Many government agencies do have Macs, as well as Linux and other Unix machines. Macs show up on quite a few desks at NASA, NIH, the national laboratories and other science-y agencies. Though they are probably not what you would call "standard equipment".
** Like the US Federal government, many state and local governments buy computers ''in bulk'' from the manufacturers or re-sellers. The price of most Macs precludes their purchase from cash strapped agencies or military units. Many companies will give their employees an [=iPhone=] as a perk, but the desktop is a PC. Most governments still issues Blackberry or older Android devices.
* In Russia, having an iPad is a requirement for members of the ruling United Russia party. This was subverted when Tim Cook became CEO and then came out of the closet, when the Putin government stopped using Apple products en-masse and removed a Steve Jobs memorial from outside an Apple store just because Putin hate gays.
* Schools in TheEighties, when the Apple II was by far the most common school computer even in towns with IBM factories; Big Blue specialized in large central mainframes served by dumb terminals, and it was rather slow -almost fatally so- in responding to the popularity of Apple's more decentralized model.
* At any Starbucks in the northeast United States (especially eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island), go in and count up the laptops. Usually, well over half will be Macs.
* Macs are fairly common on college campuses as the image above shows, possibly due to Apple's generous academic discounts. Even then, it's mostly students and faculty in "creative" disciplines using them, with a few computer science majors attracted by Mac OS X's Unix base. Though many students might have personal Macs, the computers generally available for public use are more often than not Windows machines, except in computer labs dedicated to art, music and video.
* Macs become common whenever people are designing their own work flow using their own money. Artists and creative types happen to be the most obvious example of this, but you will also see social organizers, conventions, entrepreneurs, video producers and writers. Macs are ''least'' common when someone buys a computer and makes someone else use it: accountants, retail, info kiosks.
** This has been the case ever since the very early days. Productivity software with a WYSIWYG interface--displaying more or less exactly what the end product would look like on paper--was virtually nonexistent on [=PCs=] until the release of Windows 3. This gave the Mac plenty of time to gain a foothold in markets where such software would be an asset, particularly desktop publishing.
*** Apple took this further by introducing the [=LaserWriter=], one of the first laser printers in an age when most printers were dot-matrix or impact printers, making it possible to produce a master copy of black-and-white publications right from the office. As a bonus, the [=LaserWriter=] was a networked printer, allowing an entire office of Macs to share the one printer without having to leave one running, and it ran on a 12 [=MHz=] 68000 with 1.5 MB of RAM - that's 50% more speed and anywhere from three times to ''15 times'' the RAM of the original Macintosh models it would have interfaced with!
** In the past, Apple has used LCD panel types that weren't the more common twisted-nematic. These usually produce richer colors and darker black values, and allows for much wider viewing angles, especially vertically. (Those of you with cheap monitors, here's something to try: Open MS Paint and fill the screen with orange, and notice how it looks like a gradient from red-orange to gold rather than a solid color.) It also helps that the Macintosh operating system has long included professional color-matching technology ([=ColorSync=]), and a lot of Macs come with a lot of high-quality multimedia software (such as iPhoto and iMovie) pre-installed. However, this has become something of a DiscreditedTrope, since higher quality monitors are readily available to the populace on all platforms, though for cheapness sake, usually most panels are twisted-nematic.
*** Sadly averted with earlier [=PowerBooks=], which had a habit of using passive-matrix forms of twisted-nematic [=LCDs=], particularly on lower-cost models like the [="MainStreet" PowerBook G3=] to separate them from models with active-matrix screens, albeit still TN. Apple would not adopt IPS panels on their laptop line until the "Retina" [=MacBook=] Pro.
*** Macs are more or less industry standard in both music and film production and have been for many years. Macs are so widely used in the creative industries that just about anything with a trope page made since the '90s likely had a Mac involved in post-production. Avid, the first digital editing software started out on an Apple II system. Behind Avid (also owner of [=ProTools=]) the other industry standard is Final Cut Pro (for video) and Logic (for music), both of them acquired and developed by Apple. Combine that with [=QuickTime=] codecs being standard for most professional video-work and most platforms being based around the [=FireWire/IEEE 1394=] interface, it really is easier to work with it from Apple products.
*** Averted in the late 80s to early 90s. In that period, the go-to video production machine was the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} due to its killer app, the Newtek Video Toaster (that, and the Amiga had some pretty slick video capabilities built-in, and that Macs only started getting color displays and video capture abilities in the early 90s). Once the Amiga died out, Macs quickly claimed the crown since Macs from that period also had onboard video capture - it's just that video editing software were hard to come by in that era and only basic video capture software was available, which was remedied when Adobe introduced the Adobe Premiere video editing suite on the Mac at around the same time. The main music machine during the same period was the UsefulNotes/AtariST, which had built-in MIDI ports. A number of major music programs still in use today on the Mac, including Cubase and Logic, started life as Atari ST programs and migrated over when Atari discontinued the ST line.
* In contrast, one market that has never widely adopted the Macintosh are PC gamers, for two significant reasons. One, other than the tower-style Mac Pros, which are prohibitively expensive to begin with even at the lowest hardware specs, Macs can't be upgraded beyond replacing the RAM (and you can't upgrade the RAM on many new lower-end Macs either) or hard drive, one of the main motivations of using a PC for gaming. The other is relatively poor driver support from AMD and Nvidia, at least when it comes to the real-time rendering that games do - something Valve learned the hard way when they committed to supporting the Mac, though it seems to have improved in recent years.
** Averted for most of the 1990s, when gaming on a Mac was a viable option due to color displays becoming standard and ports from DOS being noticeably enhanced with higher-resolution 640x480 graphics at a time when 320x200 was still the PC standard (some notable examples being ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' and ''VideoGame/XWing'' / ''VideoGame/TIEFighter''), often to the point of computer games having their [[PolishedPort definitive versions]] on the ''Mac'' of all platforms. However, DOS and Windows quickly gained ground after better driver and API support, not to mention a much larger market share and much lower price tag.
*** By 1997, Mac ports had near feature parity, but lacked the [=A3D=] and EAX audio effects of Windows releases on top of getting fewer game ports, [[UsefulNotes/ComputerWars having clearly fallen into the second-class category for computer gaming.]]
** Another issue with Apple computers not taking off in modern PC gaming is, aside from Steve Jobs' creed that "Macs aren't toys", everything but the Mac Pro is ill-equipped in the GPU department. One needs to get at the minimum, a 15" Macbook Pro before a dedicated GPU pops up or an upgraded [=iMac=] (which has to be built to order). And even then, they're all laptop [=GPUs=], which are quite a bit weaker. Macs are also a bit notorious for running really hot, which leads to thermal throttling and even hardware failures, as any Power Mac G5 owner will attest to.
*** The [[UsefulNotes/GraphicsProcessingUnit GPU]] deficiency was all but admitted by Apple in 2017, when they had to apologize for the lack of updates to the Mac Pro ever since its "trash can" 2013 redesign, unveiled the [=iMac=] Pro with a considerably upgraded Radeon Pro Vega GPU, and most of all, released an external GPU [[https://developer.apple.com/development-kit/external-graphics/ development kit]] for Thunderbolt 3.0-equipped Macs that houses a Radeon RX 480, with a $100 discount for the [[UsefulNotes/HTCVive HTC Vive]] in a bid to not look completely irrelevant in the VirtualReality content creation space. Note that VR requires exceptionally strong single GPU performance, and the [[UsefulNotes/OculusRift Oculus Rift]] actually ''dropped'' Mac support between the [=DK2=] and [=CV1=] because no Mac met the requirements for over a year after the consumer Rift's official release!
* Scientists (at least those working in academia) will more often than not have a Mac, and although many in-lab computers run Windows, imaging labs and labs working with photomicroscopy are more and more likely to work with Macs. Even in the labs where the generic computers run Windows, most people will have Macs that they use for their own work.
** YMMV on this, depends on the type of lab. A lot of particle physics software runs best on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or [=CentOS=] (or doesn't run at all on a non-Linux OS).
** Apple has always been spotty on server hardware, so when it comes to needing server farms for large scale computation, time sharing, or other uses for server farms, they usually run Linux. Apple discontinued its line of servers because the only major corporate customer for them was Apple. However, since Mac OS X is a UNIX OS, which more or less works with Linux, client side machines may be a Mac.
** On the other hand this is very true in medical science, where the first flow cytometry analysis program, Cellquest, was mac only. It is the rare lab that will not have at least one mac, and everyone in academia more then 10 years will be using a mac.
* Many countries especially in the Third World avoids this trope, like Mexico: Not only Macs are more expensive in Mexico compared with even branded [=PCs=] (not to mention assembled [=PCs=]) the only places in that country you will find someone using Macs are music studios, TV and radio stations and universities and even in Mexican universities, the use of a Mac is ''severely restricted'' for specific degrees and work niches (like audio and video editing) and many times you will need permission from higher-ups for using one for something not related with its intended use, and sometimes you will need permission to ''even'' touch one.[[note]]Justified in this case. because Macs are so expensive in Mexico and letting anyone who normally only knows how to use a IBM-compatible PC it's not a good idea.[[/note]] So this trope is more of a First World phenomenon than a universal one.
** On the other hand, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad are very popular in Mexico, despite being as expensive as a Mac, compared with other phones and multimedia devices.
* [[http://stacked.com/ Stacked]], a restaurant where you can personalize your orders with an iPad menu, not only specifically refers to it as an iPad (instead of, say, a "computerized menu" or "touchscreen menu") but the metal stand has a large cut-out on the back to show off the Apple logo.
* Many large-scale corporate operations will more likely run Windows with a version of the MS Office Professional package. This makes media depictions of large corporate cubicle farms with Macs rather jarring.
* This is starting to avert itself in the mobile market. Lately, when showing a generic smartphone, it's starting to look more like Samsung's Galaxy lineup than an [=iPhone=].
* Journalism is another field that uses Macs heavily, thanks to the platform's historical association with desktop publishing. Programs like [=PageMaker=] and [=QuarkXpress=] made page layout much easier than doing it manually. These programs were also initially Mac-only before going cross-platform and falling out of use in favor of Adobe [=InDesign=]. The use of Macs continues, as journalists are not exactly known for their technical prowess. [[WriteWhatYouKnow It certainly explains the press's fascination with Apple]].
* Averted in anime and manga production. The one place you'd expect to see them is in an anime or manga studio, given how ubiquitous Macs are in Western film and TV production, but a lot of footage shows them happily using [=PCs=]. This is likely because Macs are even more insanely expensive in Japan than they are in the West.
* In law, finance and other white collar applications it's often Everyone Owns A Thinkpad, the brand having earned a reputation for high build quality and durability while it was owned by IBM and which has mostly survived being sold off to Lenovo. (That unfortunate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfish Superfish]] incident notwithstanding.) They're also popular with computer science students because they have excellent Linux driver support and are easy to pick up cheaply ex-lease.
** Everyone Owns A Thinkpad [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]], too - the International Space Station uses them exclusively. Not only are they among the few computers able to withstand the rigors of spaceflight, they only need modifications to the cooling systems (no gravity means no convection, thus stronger fans are needed) and power supplies (to run on the ISS 28-volt system) to do it.