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  (Source: msu.edu)
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 themaster08 on 10/16/2010 2:28:34 AM , Rating: 1
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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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