Apple’s Mac market share rises over 24-percent year-over-year

Switch To A Mac analyzes Apple’s market share on a month to month basis during 2005 and 2006 and extracts “relevant metrics from Apple’s earnings reports and product launches over the past several quarters to provide further insight into the matter,” Switch To A Mac reports.

“Apple’s market share is… on a dramtic upswing. In fact, it’s up 24.4 percent year-over-year from August 2005 to August 2006,” Switch To A Mac reports. “Data used in this report has been obtained from NetApplications via Market Share.

Key Percentages:
• Up 27 percent since January 2005
• Up 23 percent since April 2005 (Mac OS X Tiger launched April 29, 2005)
• Up 2.9 percent January to August 2006 – despite Intel transition

“Apple’s market share is on a dramatic upswing with growth of greater than 23.5 percent each month over the past year. Apple will continue to experience market share gains for the remainder of 2006 and beyond. The future is bright for the Apple’s Macintosh and the OS X operating system. Apple has just embarked on a multi-year expansion that will see the company continue to grab market share,” Switch To A Mac reports.

Full article here.

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  1. I thought I read an article which said that Mac market share was flat. So who’s right? I hate market share numbers. All I know is that Apple is selling more and more Macs each quarter and that’s all that matters.

  2. Wow, i’m part of that statistic as I am a switcher. I bought a Mac Mini over a year ago to see what all the hubbub was about. It took me about 6 months to fully appreciate it. Two weeks ago I made the final transition and dusted off the old Dell and sold it, along with all of my PC software, to a friend for $200.


    I’ll never look back. I see a fully loaded Pro in my not too distant future.

  3. This more adequately explains the uptick in Mac sightings I’ve see this past year. In line with JadisOne, I wish that the market share numbers were broken down better to reflect consumer and business sales. Marketshare numbers are misleading because all computer sales are lumped in together.

    MDN “bed” as in, I wish I was still in it.

  4. lotus11,
    Consider getting a Macbook or Macbook Pro instead of a desktop as your next Mac. I’ve had a Mac tower for about 5 years and it’s still going strong, but I can’t wait to get a notebook because I never plan to be stuck to a desk again. Talk about liberating…. Good luck! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN word: “freedom” – how ironic is that?!

  5. well i just switched and ordered an iMac two days ago…it was supposed to ship in 3-5 business days + 2 additional business days for shipping.

    well it shipped the same day, and I will be getting it today.

    great intro to a new computer vendor for me.

  6. The real tipping point will come when something to replace an exchange server at the enterprise level comes from Apple. The XServe is a great machine, no question but corporations are deeply tied to the Microsoft architecture.. When something from Apple is released that forms the foundation for a real change (and built for that purpose)…the real tipping point will have been reached. I predict that will happen within the next three years. Apple has to first conquer home entertainment which the iTv and a media centric version of the Mac Mini could easily do…then it’s on to the big mountain of business.

  7. Typhoon,
    I would consider that except for the fact that I’m a graphic designer that needs a ton of horsepower.

    Unfortunately, being chained to a desk is my lot in life. But that’s quite ok as my desk is in my office, that is in my house. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />


  8. “Was he really your friend ? (to sell him a DELL I mean…)”

    Yeah, he needed a quick fix to get him by, plus he got at least $1500 of software with it. I’m working on him to switch though, and he’s at least now considering it for his next system.

  9. If the train I take home every day (in Chicago) are any indication, then the market share is clearly changing rapidly. I used to see the random PowerBook here and there and was just happy that there were other users out there. In the past 18 months, and especially the last 6, I typically see dozens of Apple laptops as I walk through the train to find a seat.

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