of Apple's Mac computers often point to the machines' relatively high
price of entry and small market share when looking at the overall PC
market (Microsoft still dominates thanks to a plethora of
Windows-based machines). However, when compared to other PC
is doing quite well (at least in the United States).
statistics from IDC show that Apple has now moved into third
place for PC shipments in the U.S. Apple's shipments grew a whopping
24 percent for Q3, which gave Apple 10.6 percent of the market.
Dell's shipments actually dropped 4.9 percent giving it a 23.1
percent share of the market, while HP's shipments increased 2.7
percent to give it 24.3 percent of the market and first place
and Toshiba took fourth place and fifth place respectively.
though HP and Dell each more than double Apple's U.S. market share,
Apple has the high-end covered. Apple owns
over 91 percent of the $1,000+ PC market which has helped to fuel
influence on the PC market continues to grow, particularly in the
U.S., as the company's iPad has had some negative impact on the
mini-notebook market. But, the halo effect of the device also helped
propel Mac sales and moved the company into the number three position
in the U.S. market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC's vice president
for Clients and Displays.
it comes to global sales, Apple doesn't even register in the top six.
For Q3, the top global players were HP followed by Acer, Dell,
Lenovo, ASUS and Toshiba.
a sluggish start, the quarter ended with a good rally in September
which could be a good prelude for what is ahead," said IDC
research analyst Jay Chou. "Lower PC component costs, budding
excitement around new media-centric form factors and continued
business buying should still make for a competitive holiday season.”
good news on the Apple front comes on the same day that shares of the
above $300 for the first time in the company's history.
quote: Getting her a mac would mean a far more simple life, really
quote: 1. Go to an Apple retail store. Compare it to a local Best Buy or other computer store. Try order a Dell or HP online and the options are very confusing. Apple's limited selection makes it easy for the vast majority of purchasers.
quote: 2. The iMac and Macbook pro stand out amongst their PC counterparts as built tough and elegant and not just for functionality sake.
quote: 3. Price. All things considered, the base level Mac has everything needed out of the box. The PC may need additional software.
quote: 4. Support. All North American. Most people who have dealt with Dell or HP only complain that they have to speak to someone from India. Those of us who have Gold support with these companies know they have good technical support, but not to the average consumer. Apple treats them like VIP's.
quote: 5. Retail stores with training and support help bolster the image. One stop shop for all hardware and software questions. HP and Dell might point you to other vendors when issues arise.
quote: I beg to differ. The Intel Macs are less sturdy than the PowerPC Macs
quote: I think the bland silver styling is ugly. And Windows 7 looks better than OS X, in my opinion. But I would prefer if ALL operating systems supported replacement shells: I used to install Litestep back in the day.
quote: I would rather a nice large case, clear window, filled with LED's and cathodes, and a nice UV reactive water cooling system. - Looks helluva' lot better than another standardish looking box wrapped in aluminum foil in my opinion
quote: The only bit of the style disaster you omitted was a sound-reactive lighting system...
quote: Playing with the OS and tweaking it to run faster and play games is a far lower priority to me now than it used to be.
quote: In other words, the majority of people buying products are too stupid to shop around. Even without understanding computers, one could just copy the specs and look for a competing product at a lower cost. And I have yet to see anyone ask Apple to lower its prices considering the hardware is identical or inferior (spec-wise, definitely; quality-wise, usually).
quote: I think it's actually the people who do care about specs who are stupid. Those who care about them but don't understand them certainly are prone to make mistakes, and those who understand, the techies, typically spend unneeded money because of their obsession with specs.
quote: I'm one, I know I bought stuff that was overkill, and that's even though I buy mid-range stuff, not high end.
quote: Most lay people can make do with very limited hardware.
quote: Upgrading an iMac from an i5-760 to an i7-870 costs you $200, actual retail price difference is: $70. That's an almost 300% markup on the upgrade cost
quote: Yeah like all the other PC manufacturers like Dell/HP don't do exactly the same. Double standard or you're just child-naive?
quote: do exactly the same
quote: they are often SIGNIFICANTLY lower
quote: we're going to Florence for our Anniversary
quote: I have Sony
quote: The iMac and Macbook pro stand out amongst their PC counterparts as built tough and elegant and not just for functionality sake.
quote: A Lenovo Thinkpad is probably the best built laptop and makes the Apple iCrap and MacBarf look sick!