Steve Ballmer: The tide has turned against Apple

Recently, Apple has reportedly been making rather significant gains in market share, with their Mac systems, as well as with the iPhone. Steve Ballmer, however, thinks nothing of this and has reminded everybody about some February sales data that shows a 16% (year over year) drop in both Mac and iPod sales.

According to Business Week editor Stephen Adler, Ballmer said, "Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction. The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be."

As many point out, while the hardware is architecturally the same, the two systems are not, and calling it "$500 more to get a logo on it" will no doubt get some people rather flustered. Steve's been wrong before, however. He said that the iPhone would not take off or gain market share, so we'll see what happens. It may be worth waiting to see March sales figures, due to newly released computers, to see how things are, also. What's your opinion? Is Ballmer right, or do you think Apple will still keep going strong?

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