Apple market share question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by drumpat01, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. drumpat01 macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2004
    Denton, TX
    I've only been following Apple for the last couple of years, but it appears that almost every quarter they are growing faster than the rest of the PC market. So why has their market share only risen very slightly? I think its only come up like 2 points. I'm glad that it is coming up some, i wonder why its now growing any faster.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Because they have such a small share to begin with. Here's an example, completely making up numbers.

    Say Apple has 3% share in a quarter where 100,000 total computers are sold (I know that's ridiculous, but this is an example.) So Apple sells 3,000 computers while everyone else together sells 97,000.

    Say that Apple grows twice as fast as everyone else, 20% growth to 10% growth. In the following quarter, Apple will sell 3,600 computers (3,000 x 1.20), while everyone else together sells 106,700 computers (97,000 x 1.10). That means that Apple has only upped its market share to 3.26%.

    So when you start out small, it takes a long time of outperforming everyone else by an awful lot to make any headway.

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