• Would you pay $849 for a new MacBook?

    A report last week that Apple (AAPL) is preparing to slash prices on its entry level MacBook and iMac models has triggered a flurry of speculation about what the new price points might be.

    According to AppleInsider's Kasper Jade, Apple sees the cuts -- which could come in the next month or two -- as an "interim solution" to the growing popularity of netbooks, those sub-compact laptops that Steve Jobs once MORE

    - May 3, 2009 10:17 AM ET
  • Why Apple's shares rose as its market share shrank

    On Wednesday, Gartner Research reported that Apple's (AAPL) share of the U.S. computer market, which topped 9% in calendar Q3 last year, dropped to 7.4% in Q1 2009 -- putting it in fourth place behind HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer.

    The next day, Apple's share price rose nearly 2% to finish Thursday at $121.45, its highest close in six months.

    Why the disconnect? Chalk it up to the ASPs.

    As Gartner's Mikako MORE

    - Apr 17, 2009 8:55 AM ET
  • Amazon's Christmas bestsellers: Acer, Apple and Asus

    Look what Santa left under's tree this Christmas morning:

    7 Acer netbooks
    7 Apple MacBooks
    4 Asus netbooks
    2 Samsung netbooks
    2 MSI netbooks
    1 OLPC (One laptop per child) XO laptop
    1 Lenova Ideapad laptop
    1 Toshiba Satellite laptop

    Can you spot the ringer on Amazon's 2008 Christmas-day list of 25 bestselling notebook computers?

    You guessed it. It's those seven premium-priced Apple (AAPL) MacBooks in a shopping cart dominated by stripped-down netbooks, heavily discounted Windows notebooks and a MORE

    - Dec 25, 2008 8:49 AM ET
  • Reports: Apple is No. 3 PC maker in U.S., No. 6 worldwide

    Dueling reports Wednesday from the two leading PC survey firms -- Gartner and IDC -- confirm what the crowds at the Apple (AAPL) stores have been telling us: The Mac had a great second quarter.

    According to Gartner, Mac sales grew 38% year-over-year to edge out Acer/Gateway/PackardBell for the No. 3 spot in the United States after Dell (DELL) and HP (HPQ). IDC recorded slightly slower growth (31.7%) and has Apple still MORE

    - Jul 17, 2008 7:15 AM ET
  • Reports: Apple slipped to 4th place in Q4 U.S. sales

    Acer, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer that acquired Gateway Inc. last year, has as a result overtaken Apple (AAPL) in both U.S. and worldwide computer sales, according to preliminary reports issued Wednesday by Gartner and IDC.

    Although the two market research firms show Apple's domestic computer sales in the Christmas quarter up roughly 30 percent from last year -- outpacing the industry average by better than 3 to 1 -- Apple's share MORE

    - Jan 17, 2008 8:01 AM ET
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