Apple now number three PC maker in U.S. with 10.6% market share

Apple's market share growth rose by 24% on previous year-on-year sales for Q3 2010. This places the company as the number three PC maker in the United States according to research firm IDC.

Apple jumped infront of Acer who flat lined on shipments this third quarter. The company, run by CEO Steve Jobs, recently saw its share price rise to $300 for the first time in its history in the lead up to the Q4 - 2010 financial results, due to be published on Monday 18 October. Apple is estimated to have shipped around two million Macs over the summer. Strong iPad sales have also contributed to a large increase in Mac shipments after what some believe is a "halo effect".

Gartner, a rival research firm, also reported that Apple has closed the gap between itself and the Taiwan based PC builder - Acer. Gartner figures suggest that Acer now commands 10.5% of the U.S. market and Apple at 10.4%. Both firms reported worldwide sales too but Apple failed to enter the top six worldwide. Gartner said that worldwide PC sales were significantly lower than their expectations. Some analysts believe that this is proof the iPad is now eating away at traditional Netbook sales.

Apple is expected to unveil its future OS X update at a press briefing next week. The company sent press invites to the media today inviting them to an event on October 20. The event is exactly two days after the company will unveil its latest financial results and the invite suggests that Apple will focus on the Mac next week.

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Mathematically speaking it is impossible that the iPads were included on this since in Q3 the low estimates put iPad sales at 2.5million and the high around 3.75 million. The low is higher than the total up there so no, the iPad is NOT included.

This is an amazing growth! Wow.

I bet we're seeing synergy effects from their success in other markets. I also think this is related to client-side software's lessened relevance in computing as we're moving all the more to the web. It just isn't as much of a disadvantage to not use Windows due to software availability anymore.

apple will refute this...since apple is "apple" and is not a "pc"...but steve jobs will gloat behind other pc makers' backs...

Shadrack said,
Maybe to celebrate they should drop the price of Macs down a $100 or so.... Just sayin.

or $300... Just sayin.

Wow $300 for a single share in Apple?! Jobs has to be laughing all the way to the bank! I don't care what they make - that's incredibly high.

Tim Dawg said,
Wow $300 for a single share in Apple?! Jobs has to be laughing all the way to the bank! I don't care what they make - that's incredibly high.

They can divide shares anyway they want to...

Tim Dawg said,
Wow $300 for a single share in Apple?! Jobs has to be laughing all the way to the bank! I don't care what they make - that's incredibly high.

It's not Apple that sets the share price, it's the shareholders.

Tim Dawg said,
Wow $300 for a single share in Apple?! Jobs has to be laughing all the way to the bank! I don't care what they make - that's incredibly high.

Tell that to Buffet. $125,410 per class A share...

As the others have said, Jobs doesn't set this price...

sask said,

It's not Apple that sets the share price, it's the shareholders.

No, the market determines the price of stock-listed shares.

I would guess what the article is saying is that the new-to-apple iPad owners later bought Macs.

Anyway I thought the Mac and the PC were two different things

Xeron said,
I would guess what the article is saying is that the new-to-apple iPad owners later bought Macs.

Anyway I thought the Mac and the PC were two different things

Ding ding ding!

Xeron said,
I would guess what the article is saying is that the new-to-apple iPad owners later bought Macs.

Anyway I thought the Mac and the PC were two different things

Yes, that is quite ironic.

Xeon said,
It's not including iPad sales. Use your brains.

"Strong iPad sales have also contributed to a large increase in Mac shipments after what some believe is a "halo effect"."

Xenosion said,

"Strong iPad sales have also contributed to a large increase in Mac shipments after what some believe is a "halo effect"."

Okay, now where in that statement does it say that iPad sales have contributed to the increase of market growth?

Xeon said,

Okay, now where in that statement does it say that iPad sales have contributed to the increase of market growth?

I do see your point now, it is actually just surprising the amount of growth and I misinterpreted the statement.

Xeon said,
It's not including iPad sales. Use your brains.

This is an Apple article. Highly unlikely of that happening. People will quickly skim through it just to say that iPad sales are being counted. Blind hatred and reading comprehension don't mix well.

Marshalus said,
Same reason netbook and "traditional" tablet PCs are included.

Where woiuld you suggest they be? Mobile devices?

Netbooks are debatable Personal Computers but tablets are not PCs. That is equivelant to throwing in smartphone sales.

Xenosion said,
This is for PC sales...yet the iPad is included? Complete misrepresentation.

The article never says iPad sales are included.

smithy_dll said,
Why is the iPad included in mac sales? It is a completely different class of device, especially given what it cannot do!

It's not included in the sales. Where in the article or research does it suggest it is?

smithy_dll said,
Why is the iPad included in mac sales? It is a completely different class of device, especially given what it cannot do!

-1. It's not.