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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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RE: Go Apple!
By Tony Swash on 10/14/2010 5:42:46 PM , Rating: 0
I for one am thrilled that Apple is gaining market share. At some point virus authors will find it viable to pay attention to Apple and then we'll all see that the Mac really isn't the "end all be all" that so many people think it is.

Ever bother to read articles from respected security researchers that claim OSX is another security nightmare waiting to happen?

Here's one example:

On the other hand, I love having Apple around because it spurs innovation.

Rock on!

Keep dreaming dude

Meanwhile in the real world it's Windows PCs that are infected by their millions. Its the piss poor coding in Windows OS that allowed the development of a huge criminal hacking and malware industry. Its Windows that is an OS so fragile, so poorly designed, that you have to immediately install lots of additional software just to make it safe. Its the experience of Windows that's made computing and using the internet a fearful and anxious experience for millions.

While Windows user in their millions suffer infections and attacks you want to scare people, and shore up your fragile view of the world, with tales of an imaginary threat to Macs.


RE: Go Apple!
By Pirks on 10/14/2010 5:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
made computing and using the internet a fearful and anxious experience for millions
imagine double the fear and anxiety of those same millions when they drop by the Apple store and see their price tags heheheee :)))

RE: Go Apple!
By Tony Swash on 10/14/2010 6:20:08 PM , Rating: 1
imagine double the fear and anxiety of those same millions when they drop by the Apple store and see their price tags heheheee :)))

Actually I think you will find that the visitors to the Apple stores (currently running at a million visitors a day) drop in, see the stuff for sale, see the prices and reach for their wallets :))

Apple's quarterly results are out next week - my prediction is another blow out record setting quarter - sales of all products will be up, revenues and profits will be up and the iPad sales figures will astound. Things look pretty good in the house of Apple.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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