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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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By vtohthree on 10/14/2010 7:35:28 AM , Rating: 2
I'm on a college campus(one of the largest Universities in the nation) and all I see are macs, and whenever I hear a person next to me without a mac talking they're always like, "oh that's so cute, I wish I had one too"... or a guy, "yeah I think I heard they were better, more stable or something"...

It's like the tamagochi pet, skip it', and those neon frame colored sun glasses that everyone wants because it's a fad, if you have it, then you're "cooler".

Except, like I've said before in the past, Mac's are some of the longest running fads in the industry...fad defined by momentum sales due to "cool factor"...spurred on by gimmicks, after gimmicks, although I admit, their "gimmicks" are becoming more and more better.. and they do enhance user experience.

By Tony Swash on 10/14/2010 11:18:45 AM , Rating: 1
Except, like I've said before in the past, Mac's are some of the longest running fads in the industry...fad defined by momentum sales due to "cool factor"...spurred on by gimmicks, after gimmicks, although I admit, their "gimmicks" are becoming more and more better.. and they do enhance user experience.

I think calling something that has lasted 26 years - especially in the incredibly fast moving world of technology and computing - a fad is stretching the word a trifle. Macs are selling in every increasing numbers, and the number of Mac users is increasing for good reasons, its just that those reasons are invisible to many around here. The continuing rise of the Mac is, rather amusingly, is a genuine mystery to many commentators here

What has proved surprisingly transient is the dominant position of Microsoft. Even a decade ago Microsoft was almost all powerful and the entity around which everything else seemed to orbit. Its competitors and other players in the technology markets trembled when Microsoft's eyes covetously fell upon their markets. Microsoft seemed unbeatable and the reference point for the entire industry.

And now? Microsoft seems a big but fading player, all their puff and power seems to have ebbed away in a few short years. They seem tainted with the smell of decline. More of a joke than a threat. The player who should have retired at the top of their game but chose to stay on the pitch until they became a bit of an embarrassment. Could they make a come back? Big Bill is waiting in the wings but he is no Steve Jobs. Somebody born today will probably never use a Microsoft product their entire lives. How times change.

By Pirks on 10/14/2010 11:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
Not so fast slick, MS profits and margins still dwarf Apple's so it's not all THAT bad ;)

By Pirks on 10/14/2010 12:56:11 PM , Rating: 3
Hey, I see Tony, for you then the whole enterprise and HPC/scientific computing is dead man walking. What next? Airlines are dead man walking because they WILL be consumed by very long distance teleportation in the future. Auto industry is dead man walking because they WILL be consumed by personal aircraft/levitators/antigravs/pepelats/etc in the future. And so on and so forth.

I agree Tony, the whole industry is dead man walking then. And Apple too. Because they WILL get quantum computers working in the future when Jobs is not with us... and who's gonna rule then? Apple who's left without the only man who made it ticking? Or MS who never had such a man to start with? (BG doesn't count as you can see since MS is posting record breaking profits long after he resigned)

By Pirks on 10/14/2010 4:01:24 PM , Rating: 1
I like how you tried to avoid thorny topic of HPC cluster computing where MS together with nVidia thoroughly owns the future which is GPGPU computing and CUDA. When MS and nVidia will be making BIG bucks on that fast growing market of the future, Apple will sit still with their puny iToys and do nothing. Sad outlook eh? :P

Enterprise - margins are shit
Why then MS's margins are still way bigger than Apple's?
move to cloud still happening so fewer Windows/Office licences
How come if cloud clients use same old trusty Windows and Windows Azure for cloud computing is making big inroads? Where's the decrease in Windows licensing coming from then?
iPhone and iPad making big inroads
LOL I wanna see people voluntarily changing nice big monitors and convenient desktop keyboards to tiny smartphones with microscopes and fingertips attached :)))) Can't wait to see accountants HR and all the office/enterprise folk typing away on their iPhones hahaha what a nice Hieronymus Bosch style picture hahaha
are all tied to an old fading computing paradigm
Yeaaahhh suuure GPGPU and HPC clusters are fading away faaast LOLOLOL :))))) hahahaha
The company is on the road to nowhere.
Yeah, Apple will be marching nowhere once Jobs leaves us, that I can agree with you on :P

By themaster08 on 10/15/2010 6:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
Tony is just filled with such hate-filled rage towards Microsoft that all logic is thrown out of the window in his comments.

If he seriously thinks that the iPhone and iPad have or will have absolutely any impact upon the enterprise market whatsoever, or that Microsoft are a company in decline, he really needs to check into the nearest mental health clinic.

Tony, you do understand the impact and the forever growing need of I.T in business? And that Microsoft absolutely dominates this arena, and continues to do so? And that Apple have barely any existence there whatsoever?

You are aware of the type of tools that Microsoft provides for business, and that Apple's pales in comparison?

By Alexstarfire on 10/14/2010 2:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
xBox only a marginal business that might go bankrupt? I suppose all the game companies are going to make games exclusively for the iPhone as well.

By themaster08 on 10/16/2010 2:28:34 AM , Rating: 1
The Microsoft monopoly profits from their old cash cows still flow in but for how much longer? Other than the Windows/Office duopoly and bit in servers (which actually rides on the duopoly) nothing else that Microsoft makes or sells makes much profit.
Not every company is required to move into new markets, you know? Apple were forced to by their near-bankruptcy and their lack of influence in the desktop and enterprise arenas, because of the domination of Microsoft. Ironically the same company that drove Apple to the brink of annihilation was the one who's money in essence saved Apple.

The main problem with your logic is that the markets in which Microsoft dominate continue to grow and Microsoft continues to provide products for those markets - it's not as though the same product of 25 years ago is still being used.

Ford profits from their old cash cow of selling cars, but for how much longer? Did you see how ridiculous that sounded? Well only as ridiculous as your asinine comment.

If it weren't for your undying love for Apple, and your absolute hate towards Microsoft, your posts would be worthy of consideration.

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