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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 Pirks on 10/14/2010 12:14:17 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's OS share would skyrocket
But not their profits, which is why you can forget about it
after a while, there'd be a large, thriving ecosystem around the Apple OS that will never happen so long as they keep all their BS proprietary
They have a large thriving ecosystem around their proprietary BS called iOS, they seem to be perfectly happy with that :P
the non-believers would give it a try at that point
They could do it even now, it's one-two downloads away -> a) OS X 10.6 image b) VMWare -> bingo, try it away for all you want FOR FREE and you don't even have to get outta your moms basement moto :P So your point is moot, clones are not needed for "non-believers" to try OS X out, all who wanted to try it out already did it a while ago
It's a lot easier to abuse a small group of terribly gullible people than to be successful in the entire marketplace based on the merits of your product
True, all those Lexuses, MBs and BMWs never ever went for the "entire marketplace", what an idiots they are eh? :))) And you are way smarter than all of them taken together har har har :))))

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