Mac Marketshare Increasing

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Along with the recent encouraging 3Q 2006 financial results from Apple on Wednesday, independent research firms Gartner and IDC have recently reported on 2Q 2006 market share (via MacWorld). Both firms report solid gains from 1 year ago, with IDC reporting a jump from 4.4 to 4.8% U.S. Marketshare and Gartner reporting a jump from 4.3 to 4.6%, making the Mac maker the 4th largest maker of computers behind Dell (32%), HP (18.9%), and Gateway (6.2%).

This is the first reported gains in marketshare for Apple since the Intel transition, as last quarter saw minor losses. From last quarter, it appears as though Apple has gained an entire percentage point in market share (up from 3.5-3.6% 1Q 2006).

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d_and_n5000

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Sweet!


As long as Apple doesn't grow too fast, this is great news. Get to Gateway in the next few years, and I'll be happy. Just don't grow too big, Apple.
 

dombi

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Nice!

This is definitely a good thing. Apple has great products and with the Intel processor Macs they offer something that others cannot. Mac/Windows on the same machine without too much headache.

I have talked to people around me and everyone seems excited about this. Many said before that they would never switch to a Mac because it cannot run Windows, well that changed. So people are starting to realize all the possibilities that they have if do do buy an Apple product.

I bought a MacBook Pro a while ago and I absolutely love it. Every time I run the 'hostinfo' command I get a little suprised to see the "Intel 80486" part in the output, because we have been staying away from Intel chips for so long. But it does feel and act like a Mac, and even I bought Parallels just o be able to run Windows next to my OS X. It works really well and is fast!

I hope that this growth will continue. This will be good for the users and for Apple as well.
 

Chef Medeski

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lilstewart said:
AWESOME!

YAY.

We can beat Dell...

Very, very awesome. *proud to be an Apple fan*
Lets tackle Gateway first. Personally I don't feel its a triumph to have better mark share than them, they make POS computers and have the worst customer support. I see more as sad that we are even behind them. :(

But we'll get 'em. ;)
 

Queso

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Finally Apple are back from those awful tanking sales G4 years, though will they ever break through that 5% glass ceiling?
 

Thataboy

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dynamicv said:
Finally Apple are back from those awful tanking sales G4 years, though will they ever break through that 5% glass ceiling?
I think so -- and soon. Look at the sales of the MacBooks, and they came very late in the quarter! So now we have a full quarter of MacBook sales, PLUS Mac Pros. Not to mention possible iMac and MacBook Pro updates to Core 2 Duo this quarter.

I say we will hit 5% next quarter. Apple is well on its way to being in the Top 3 as far as US marketshare! :)
 

michaelrjohnson

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Exciting to hear.

Hopefully they've entered a period of sustained growth, one that can carry them far into the future.

dynamicv said:
... though will they ever break through that 5% glass ceiling?
Given that they're at 4.7% (averaged), I'll guess they'll cross 5% within the next calendar year. (Though I suspect it may happen before MWSF)
 

Macnoviz

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dynamicv said:
Finally Apple are back from those awful tanking sales G4 years, though will they ever break through that 5% glass ceiling?
yes, over the years, the general public gets smarter, just look at the evolution of computing from dirty backrooms and offices to the living room. Macs are bound to grow
 

DTphonehome

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dynamicv said:
Finally Apple are back from those awful tanking sales G4 years, though will they ever break through that 5% glass ceiling?
At this rate, by the end of the year for sure.
 

Stella

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Now that Apple have got an entire range of consumer machines ( laptops, desktops etc ) that can compete in terms of performance against their Window-PC counterparts, I'd expect nothing less - and expect the share to continue.

( Really - G4s had their day years ago ).

Good Stuff.
 

liven2

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Our work has switched

I work for a company called Prime Alliance Solutions and our entire company is migrating from Windows machine to macs running Parallels. We are also changing out our windows servers to a to Xserves. Most of the users have never used macs before but overall they have had an excellent experience!!! :) ... Things are changing specially if our Windows Centric Business is willing to go all Mac! I am soo stoked for APPLE!!
 

amac4me

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It's been a strong position of mine for over 1.5 years that Apple's market share was to rise significantly. Data in now demonstrates that the position I've have held is valid.

I expect to see a large spike in Apple's market share over the next few years and by the time we see the successor to Leopard, Apple will have 8% market share. I made that prediction earlier this year.
 

AtHomeBoy_2000

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liven2 said:
I work for a company called Prime Alliance Solutions and our entire company is migrating from Windows machine to macs running Parallels. We are also changing out our windows servers to a to Xserves. Most of the users have never used macs before but overall they have had an excellent experience!!! :) ... Things are changing specially if our Windows Centric Business is willing to go all Mac! I am soo stoked for APPLE!!
I'm holding off until WWDC to decide what route of "Mac conversion" I am going to be using. If Leopard has a built in Parallels type solution (which I believe it will), then I will absolutely begin my church's mac conversion in January.
 

mandis

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michaelrjohnson said:
Exciting to hear.

Hopefully they've entered a period of sustained growth, one that can carry them far into the future.


Given that they're at 4.7% (averaged), I'll guess they'll cross 5% within the next calendar year. (Though I suspect it may happen before MWSF)
Increased market share can only be a good thing.

Most people I know however, who were using macs at uni or at work, have all switched back to windows in the last year or so and they are not looking back. I suppose marketshare in the UK is not in par with the US. It would be interesting to do a survey of this increased user base and discover the role of the mac platform as it has evolved these days.

I suppose my question is: Has the mac/osx platform changed direction towards its function and purpose? What is a mac with osx good for these days?

A few years back the mac was the platform of choice for the creative class such as designers, photographers, Video editors, etc. Most of these people, with the exception of video editors, have now switched to windows because of the better choice of software and better upgradeability.
 

RBMaraman

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Walt Mossberg wrote a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about 2 weeks ago in which he said independent research had noted that 19% of all college students now use a Mac. That number is expected to grow leaps and bounds by this time next year.
 

iMeowbot

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