Apple gaining traction as Mac market share increases

“Mac is back,” Beth Snyder Bulik reports for Advertising Age. “Industry watchers are pleasantly surprised that it was Apple Computer’s design-inspired and user-friendly machine, not its small white music wonder, that bolstered the bottom line in the company’s just-reported fiscal third quarter. Apple shipped more than 1.3 million Macs in the U.S. for a 12% increase year-over-year. That puts it on the cusp of a 5% market share-the company’s biggest slice of the pie since 1998.”

“‘It’s not gigantic market share, but the momentum proves they’re doing something right,’ said David Daoud, analyst at IDC, who puts Mac’s share at 4.8%. ‘The numbers tell us the company is gaining traction.’ The rising numbers are important because Mac adds considerably more to Apple’s bottom line than iPod. And while 5% seems small, it’s not shabby in a highly fragmented market. According to Gartner’s latest U.S. data, leader Dell has a hefty 32% share, followed by HP with almost 19%, but the rest quickly dissolve into single digits: Gateway is at 6% and Lenovo has just under 4%,” Bulik reports.

“Analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said ‘there is no question that Apple believes that the Mac as a platform is vital to its future.’ He added: ‘I think they’ll become even more aggressive in pushing the Mac as the center of digital living.’ If so, it’s got a ways to go. According to TNS Media Intelligence, Apple spent less than $7 million in measured media on Mac for the first 11 months of 2005, compared to some $57 million for iPod. Spending on Mac presumably has risen considerably this year with the new effort, though figures were not available,” Bulik reports.

Bulik reports, “The recent Mac success, of course, is still distant from its zenith in the ’80s. In 1986, for instance, Apple had a 16% market share and was the No. 2 seller of computers behind then-leader IBM. Even as late as 1990, Apple held a 10.7% share. Some optimistic analysts say Apple could once again reach a double-digit share in the U.S. computer market, but others believe modern market conditions will make that difficult, if not impossible.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The phrase “modern market conditions” is meaningless. Nothing’s impossible (unless you only use Windows). Apple will confound the naysayers once again. More and more people will wake up to fast, fun, and secure personal computing with Macintosh. Only Apple Macs can run Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. Dominant market shares can be lost and gained virtually overnight. It’s happened before in many industries.

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39 Comments

  1. “I can only hope that with an administration change in this country in a couple of years that this particular brand of Old World fever will spread to these shores.”

    As much as I hate Microsuck, do you realize what impact it would have on the US economy if they were to just disappear? You really need to think a bit before you make such statements.

    And a change in administration wouldn’t make much difference, Microsoft thrived during the Clinton years in case you’ve forgotten your recent history.

  2. You mean the Gateway that opened its own series of stores…and failed miserably?

    You been in an Apple Store lately? It’s gorgeous, well stocked…and crowded. We had a Gateway Country store not too far from us, and that place was DEAD. I thought about working there…I’d have plenty of time to do my homework…

  3. Reality Check . . .

    Where in my post did I advocate MonkeySee going out of business? You might want to check your glasses (or reading comprehension skills) to see where this perception might have come from.

    What I DID suggest is that MS should comply with the same fair business practices in this country that Europe is requiring on their side of the big pond. That is, and for example, if I want to completely remove Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player from my operating system, I should be able to do so. How radical is that?

    And besides, oh astute one, if MS loses business in this country the company will NOT disappear–its customers WILL GO ELSEWHERE! I hope to Apple, of course; but possibly to Linux or some similar vendor . . . anyone but MonkeySee and the King of the Jungle, His Ballmerness.

    For your historical information, RC . . . Microsoft thrived in the Clinton administration by ignoring–completely ignoring–Justice Department dicta following the supposed “settlement” between the two. JUST AS THEY’RE DOING IN EUROPE!

    But it ain’t a’gonna work there, RC. There is no love lost between MS and the European Union, so–if you’re willing to apologize for their monopolistic practices just because they’re an American company–be prepared for $$BILLIONS$$ to leave the great Northwest and head to the EU on a yearly basis.

  4. “As much as I hate Microsuck, do you realize what impact it would have on the US economy if they were to just disappear?”

    About a 30% boost in productivity? Corresponding savings in the expense of managing IT infrastructure? Just off the top of my head…

  5. Yawn — Apple sells 4 computers thereby doubling its marketshare. Big deal. Dell sells more computers in a day then Apple sells in a year. Everyone wants Microsoft Windows rather than bloated and overpriced OSX. Why purchase an operating system that has no software and is the swiss cheese of security because the hackers are just waiting to attack? There is a reason that Microsoft has 90% of the market and it is because they produce the best operating system on the planet. It can be trusted in the corporate world and is used by students everywhere.

    Macs may be useful for graphics design, but who needs a single use computer? Just get a real computer from HP or Dell running Windows and you can do anything you want.

    It is unfortunate that people will say anything to get this turkey of a stock back up. People have lost more money in this stock then people did in the 1929 stock crash.

  6. Ahem…

    “Yawn — Apple sells 4 computers thereby doubling its marketshare.”

    LIE.

    “Big deal. Dell sells more computers in a day then Apple sells in a year.”

    LIE.

    “Everyone wants Microsoft Windows rather than bloated and overpriced OSX.”

    LIE.

    “Why purchase an operating system that has no software and is the swiss cheese of security because the hackers are just waiting to attack?”

    LIE.

    “There is a reason that Microsoft has 90% of the market and it is because they produce the best operating system on the planet.”

    LIE.

    “It can be trusted in the corporate world and is used by students everywhere.”

    LIE.

    “Macs may be useful for graphics design, but who needs a single use computer? Just get a real computer from HP or Dell running Windows and you can do anything you want.”

    LIE. Apples aren’t single-use computers, and never have been.

    “It is unfortunate that people will say anything to get this turkey of a stock back up. People have lost more money in this stock then people did in the 1929 stock crash.”

    LIE.

    Wow, I think you win the world record there, MacRealist, for creating the longest post that consists of nothing but lies. Do much work for the DNC? You seem to have the big lie and the little lie one-two punch down to a science.

  7. MacRealist has been outed, he’s actually Steve “Monkeyboy” Ballmer.
    Only Monkeyboy could be that stupid and remain that loyal to Micro$oft. The rest of the world is catching on quick.

  8. MacRealist has been outed–he’s actually Steve “Monkeyboy” Ballmer.
    Only Monkeyboy could be that stupid and remain that loyal to Micro$oft. The rest of the world is catching on quick.

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