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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 Iaiken on 10/14/2010 4:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Way to back-peddle Pirks.

do exactly the same

Not only are they NOT exactly the same, they are often SIGNIFICANTLY lower. Often half the cost of the exact same upgrade.

Now I am all for ripping off stupid people and I actually applaud Apple for not only ripping people off, but leaving them happier for it. The old adage that "A fool and his money are soon parted." will be true so long as there are people with more money than brains.

However, if you value your money, Apple products are not for you. My wife was looking to replace her current 24" iMac with a Mac Pro. She doesn't actually need any Apple-specific software for her work so I priced her out a Windows 7 system with the same parts and a 1-week vacation for two in Florence, Italy for the same price as the Mac Pro she wanted. Guess what, we're going to Florence for our Anniversary. :P

RE: Here are some of the reasons they are gaining share
By Pirks on 10/14/2010 5:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
they are often SIGNIFICANTLY lower
Try Sony :P
we're going to Florence for our Anniversary
Yeah no difference between PC and Mac indeed. I too can go to Florence with my wife if I choose self assembled PC over Sony. So what? You'll fail at shoveling Apple around for being "expensive" 'cause I have Sony that I will shovel around too for the same reason. Just give up :)))

By Iaiken on 10/14/2010 5:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have Sony

Which is a convenient choice since they don't have any way for you to figure out configure their systems and see what upgrades cost.

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