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Apple now owns 10.6 percent of the U.S. PC market

Detractors 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 manufacturers, Apple is doing quite well (at least in the United States).

The latest 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 overall.

Acer and Toshiba took fourth place and fifth place respectively.

Even 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 its record revenue growth.

"Apple's 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.

When 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.

"Despite 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.”

The good news on the Apple front comes on the same day that shares of the stock closed above $300 for the first time in the company's history.

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RE: Here are some of the reasons they are gaining share
By B3an on 10/14/2010 2:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
4. Isn't true at all. Apple have some of the worst support. I've known people with overheating products and Apple have literally done nothing. Then theres the famous exploding products where they have not done anything about or will only offer a replacement if the person agree's to not tell anyone about it. It does not matter what country the tech support service is in if it's still a **** service.

By robinthakur on 10/14/2010 6:36:52 AM , Rating: 1
I would say that your 'evidence' is anecdotal in nature and not representative of most Apple owners experiences with their support which I have always found courteous, free-thinking and unscripted and helpful.

The only exception to this experience is having to book Genius appointments in Apple Stores in advance to return products for a swap out if they are defective, that is really dumb given that it is a store and not an office..! Still, the last time that happened, I managed to get seen after complaining to a manager and they were fairly good about it...

By marvdmartian on 10/14/2010 8:59:20 AM , Rating: 2
"You're holding it wrong."

Yeah.....GREAT support! (eye roll)

Now, who wants to bet that the ipad has more to do with their increasing market share, than anything else? Once the novelty wears off, let's see where their numbers sit.

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