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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 12:56:11 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?

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