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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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Life sure is perplexing sometimes
By Tony Swash on 10/14/2010 3:21:57 AM , Rating: 0
Dang - life sure is perplexing sometimes.

Here we have a company that has gone from near death to being the most highly valued tech company on the planet in a decade and half. A company that is the only company that has successfully fielded an alternative desktop OS against the Windows monopoly and not only survived but prospered and grown its sales. A company that has the most rapidly growing and successful retail operation on the planet. A company that has broken into three new market sectors each filled with established competitors (music players, phones and tablets) and utterly disrupted them with stunningly successful new products. A company that went from nowhere to become the biggest music retailer in less than a decade. A company that created the most significant innovation in software development and distribution for a generation, the App Store, and has sold billions of apps.

And their success seems to be an utter mystery to a lot people around here. People who pride themselves on being techies, people who are positively interested in the development of technology, people who claim to know about technology, people who appear to be utterly flummoxed by Apple's success.

What brilliant and incisive explanations for Apple's success do a lot of these educated, 'in-the-know' people come up with? Its a fad. Apple's customers are stupid. Its all a trick done through slick advertising.

Really guys - its embarrassing. Try a little harder. Dump your prejudices and engage your critical facilities. Thinks new thoughts. Embrace some challenging notions.

Otherwise, sitting about in public playing with your vacuous prejudices, you will just continue to look clueless and out of touch.

RE: Life sure is perplexing sometimes
By R3T4rd on 10/14/2010 9:03:26 AM , Rating: 2
Life is perplexing. But not Apple or Lord Jobs. Most of us don't drink the Apple Coolaide unlike what you do. Its pretty simple.

Now if you are talking about life...and all the questions such as why are we here? what are we supposed to do? How did we get here? and what is the meaning of life? - then yes. Those are perplexing questions.

Again you fail.

By Luticus on 10/14/2010 1:54:23 PM , Rating: 2
Steeve, is that you?

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