Apple Mac’s 2007 market share climb will dumbfound almost everyone, create mayhem in PC market

“Coming turmoil among tech manufacturer and retailer stocks will not signal broader economic trouble. PC manufacturers and resellers will be going through a period of strategic adjustment as their inventories of mainstream professional-grade Windows/Intel desktop setups–box, LCD panel, OS, keyboard, mouse–along with aftermarket accessories for these systems, rise to excessive levels,” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld.

Yager writes, “I thought our kids would be laughing at us about how our computers used to have all of these cables and dust-sucking fans, how they got so huge that we had to stand them on their sides and stuff them under our desks, how people had to write their own software to make playing a movie or a song easier than balancing their checkbooks, and how these boxes buckled and reverberated when you tapped on their tin can cases.”

“Hah! We’re spared from having to pass the embarrassing story of willingly wasting away in the technological trailer park along to the whippersnappers. You can say you were there back in ought-six when 64-bit Macs knocked the bottom out of the Wintel PC client market,” Yager writes.

“Mac Pro and 64-bit iMacs, and soon, 64-bit MacBook Pro and Xserve, will create mayhem in the PC market because Microsoft and Intel PC makers never staffed or strategized for user-focused innovation. Microsoft will follow along as best it can now that it realizes that Apple reflects and drives computer users’ desires. It understands that Apple is a far bigger threat than Linux, which it is prepared to battle,” Yager writes.

Yager writes, “Mark my words: All savvy users want bulletproof, manufacturer-supported commercial hardware in their server rooms, at work, at home and in their carry-on bags. By year’s end, Apple will have mind share leadership in all markets but servers. Its market share climb in ’07 will dumbfound almost everyone but you and me.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yager gets it. This is the beginning of a wonderful period for longtime Mac users. For years all of us were the butt of tech columnists’ jokes, ridiculed by the “IT Guy” at work, ignored by retailers and software developers. But, we knew the truth all along. Now sweet satisfaction will be ours with the rest of the world coming to join us and discovering the greatness of the Mac platform. The PC Dark Ages are coming to a close! Bill Gates and Microsoft will be seen for what they really are/were: purveyors of mediocrity who retarded progress. Now the personal computer can finally begin to fulfill its promise.

Oh, you thought the war was long ago over? You thought wrong.

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63 Comments

  1. And lets not discount Linux in all of this.

    “It understands that Apple is a far bigger threat than Linux, which it is prepared to battle.”

    I personally feel that Linux and Mac are like siblings. Siblings that get along really well. I am happy to have Ubuntu on my Mac. But Linux users don’t want “to do battle” with Apple, we want to live in harmony.

    As we have.

    But we would love to see Microsoft fade away.

    As it slowly is.

  2. All I want is for enough people to switch so that we don’t get sidelined anymore. If everyone else wants to run Windows, Linux, or even some bizarre Amiga resurrection I really don’t care.

    Enough so we can’t be ignored. That’s all.

  3. Not going to happen. The average user knows nothing about Mac.

    I had friends over for dinner the other night and showed them my new 20″ iMac. Their first question was “can you go online and send email with your Mac?”

  4. A friend of mine went to a novel conference last week. He noted that they were using MacBook and MacBook pro’s to demo their stuff. The intel move has changed the rules fundamentally. What was the reason for buying a PC over a Mac in the past? Simple, there were vastly more Windows applications to choose from. Sure the Mac may have had best in class applications that made the windows users drool, but every one knew that autocad only ran on Windows as did 3 quarters of the games they saw in best buy. Sure most never used either of these, but the store shelves sold the computer. Outside of the apple store if you saw a program you liked it probably did not run on the Mac and if it did you probably had to mail order it at a premium price. A few Mac only programs may have peeked your interest but in the end the sheer volume overcame this.

    Then came 2006 – Now what computer do you buy if you want to be able to run anything? The answer is simple – a Mac. Sure you may end up having to buy and install windows to run a program, but you can run it. In addition you can run all the Mac programs you used to drool over. If you do all your email and surfing on the Mac side you be come relatively impervious to viruses (you still have some limited exposure while running windows). Suddenly you discover something, other than for games you never use Windows. So you start writing the manufacturers and telling them that future versions need to be available for the Mac. Eventually you remove windows from your system to get more space for mac stuff.

    Five years from now Apple will be at 30% market share and growing while PC manufacturers consolidate as more and more they discover they can’t compete. Microsoft will still be huge, but will be concentrating on applications more and more, with the Mac being the primary platform.

    All because Apple decided to make a computer that gives you the choice. We know that most people that try the Mac never go back.

  5. If Apple doesn’t renew its commitment to quality (there once was one),

    —————–

    Huh? What are you talking about? Apple’s quality rating is higher than it’s ever been. Less than 5% failure rate on new hardware gives Apple the highest marks in the industry.

    Of course, there have been some rev A problems with the new machines (there always is,) but part of a “commitment to quality” is fixing those problems and correcting them for future versions… and that’s exactly what Apple is doing.

  6. Teflon:

    You did of course correct your ‘innocent but ignorant’ friends.

    … and hopefully planted some seeds by giving them a tour… photobooth, for a laugh. Front row for some trailers. A quick check on some sport result, whatever on a widget or two. And of course a liberal use of expose etc.?

    Shame on you if you didn’t.

    Welcome to the cult if you did!

  7. I saw Microsoft falling into a complexity trap, when they failed to tear down their old non adaptive — to the customers’ needs — operating system and build a first rate foundation for their business. At the same time, I witnessed a battered but wizened Steve Jobs take over at Apple, coming from NeXT. I was familiar and awed with what he created at NeXT, as I used to run a NextStep Intel box – yes, the grand daddy of OS X made the Intel transition over a decade ago. I knew immediately where the new Mac operating system was headed and that, if Apple could survive the transition, Apple would defeat Microsoft.

    Jobs pulled off the OS X transition brilliantly and kept proving that he had lost none of his vision nor passion and that he gained the business skills that he had formerly lacked. I avoided selling my shares against the pressure of my wife – not too severe BTW – because I could see the upheaval that was to come. Steve Jobs put in place his chess pieces as Microsoft dithered and denied. And now with the Intel transition completed, Apple is starting their attack. It is like D-Day.

    I am so sure of victory that I bet the biggest part of my life savings on it – in the form of AAPL stock. It is now worth about 12 times what I paid for it. I expect a lot more growth in the next few years. My only worry is the possibility – small, but not nil, of Steve not leading Apple anymore. The daily wiggles mean nothing to me until I start taking profits. I track the underlaying business and technical realities — the fundamentals.

  8. As long as the higher ups have an effective plan B if/when Jobs exits, and avoid shenanigans with profits/stocks or cutting corners injurious to people or the planet, Apple will see awesome growth.

    Long live S.P. Jobs!

  9. No, Gog, it is a religion. High Priest Jobs will be preaching next Tuesday. The MDN Choir, led by Ampar, will be singing praises at the end of the ceremony, and the collection plate will be passed around for written contributions.

    Kool-aid will be drank later. Don’t forget your ceremonial white robe.

    Brother Cubert

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