The re-confirmation of the Apple-less state of the Gates household comes via a New York Times interview with Melinda Gates, mostly about the Gates Foundation. Here are the relevant questions and answers:
Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?Realistically, we doubt there's much if anything Microsoft-wise (except, perhaps, Microsoft Office) in the Jobs household. It should be noted, however, that in the Vogue interview, Melinda Gates admitted some iPhone-lust. She said:
No, I have a Zune.
What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”
I have gotten that argument — “You may have a Zune.”
Do you have an iPad?
Of course not.
Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop?
False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep.
Isn’t there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft?
Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill.
"Every now and then I look at my friends and say, 'Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone.'"