Apple’s Mac market share surge is good news for all tech consumers

“According to a recent study by research firm ChangeWave, Apple’s Macintosh line of computers is well on its way to gaining a sizable portion of the computing market in the coming months,” Don Reisinger blogs for CNET.

Read more: ChangeWave: Apple Mac poised to gain sizable market share in coming months

Reisinger continues, “While there are still quite a few fanatics out there that wouldn’t buy a Mac just because it’s made by Apple, I firmly believe an increase in Apple market share is not just good for Apple, it’s good for all consumers too.”

“After all, if Apple brings innovation and progress to the industry, wouldn’t it force other companies to do the same?” Reisinger asks. “Suffice it to say, Apple is the world’s best trend setter. And a world where Apple is commanding such a large portion of the market could be quite appealing to all of us.”

Reisinger writes, “Think about it: before Apple started changing the way products were designed and it finally realized that technology goes far beyond specs, most companies were content with homely devices. Nowadays, if a product is downright ugly (did someone say the Kindle?), most people will laugh and move along.”

Reisinger writes, “People are becoming more and more enticed by Apple products and with the perfect storm developing with Dell’s outright tailspin and Microsoft’s costly Vista blunder, the next decade could be Apple’s.”

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25 Comments

  1. That’s exactly right. Apple’s success during the next five years will be in large part due to the inability for its competition to actually compete. Reliance on Microsoft is the reason they cannot compete effectively with Apple. Even if other PC makers can create amazing hardware, they are still forced to offer them with Windows Vista. The only alternatives are to offer a downgrade to Windows XP or try a Linux variant. Even in digital media players, most iPod competitors depend on Microsoft for some aspect of the user experience.

    Apple controls both hardware and software, and therefore controls its own success or failure.

  2. “After all, if Apple brings innovation and progress to the industry, wouldn’t it force other companies to do the same?” Reisinger asks.

    Obviously not. There are too many me-toos to list.

  3. With the iPod, consumers have been educated to accept only attractive-looking and intuitive devices. Their expectation level has been raised across the board. They are learning not to accept bland boxes anymore, since they have discovered that these boxes don’t HAVE to be bland. Most importantly, they have discovered that there ARE boxes that don’t require manuals in order to learn to use them.

    Until Apple lets OS X appear on non-Apple hardware, they will have no real competition, and HPs, Dells and Gateways of this world will be hurting. They have little to no leverage against MS. They will probably re-focus on enterprise alone and just forfeit consumer market to Apple. That just might precipitate the beginning of the end.

    I would hate to see Apple dominate the OS (or the hardware) world. I’m not quite sure how good a monopoly they would be; probably better than MS, but how much? Still, even if they were for the next ten years, Mac OS X as it is now would still be better than anything MS could produce in the same time.

  4. “While there are still quite a few fanatics out there that wouldn’t buy a Mac just because it’s made by Apple,”

    Let these people wallow in the cesspool that is Windows.
    Not Apple’s target audience anyway. Besides anyone who would just outright refuse to consider something because so many other people love it are nutjobs anyway and should be damned to the inferior technology they embrace.

  5. “When Steve wishes upon a star,
    market share is going far,
    Anything your geekness wants will all come true”.

    OK, so it’s lame, but hey, it’s what we’ve all been wishing for and it’s happening folks. It’s really happening. So to the naysayers that are still hanging on to MS and their Vista “blunder”, how much more convincing do you really need? Vista sucks ASS. OS X just works.

    fm

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