• How the Mac weathered the downturn

    "The current recession has lowered overall sales of PCs, but Macs have been the least affected," writes Alexis W. Cabot (awcabot on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board), who used the data he's been tracking on Apple's (AAPL) computer sales for nearly a decade to create the growth-rate chart above.

    "Macs have been on a roll ever since I have comparable data, with an exception during the [2005-2006] Intel transition," he MORE

    - Apr 22, 2010 1:38 PM ET
  • Apple, Android, RIM gain market share

    Nokia, Microsoft and Linux continue to lose ground in the shift to smarter phones

    A report from Gartner issued Tuesday confirmed the trends reported three weeks earlier by IDC. Both tracking firms are registering a massive shift as users around the world trade in devices designed to make phone calls and send text messages for what are essentially pocket-sized computers.

    Gartner recorded a 0.9% drop in cellphone sales for 2009 and a MORE

    - Feb 23, 2010 10:44 AM ET
  • Macs grab record U.S. market share

    Gartner puts Apple at 8.8%, IDC at 9.4%. This bodes well for next week's earnings report

    Apple (AAPL) computers sold surprisingly well in a shaky economy last quarter, according to a pair of preliminary reports issued Wednesday by Gartner and IDC.

    The big winner this summer was Acer, which became the world's undisputed No. 2 computer maker, after Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), on the strength of netbooks that sell for under $400.

    But Mac sales MORE

    - Oct 15, 2009 5:14 AM ET
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    Daniel Eran Dilger finds anti-Apple bias in Gartner's research

    "Looking into its crystal ball, Gartner Group has predicted that Google's Android will become the second largest smartphone platform by 2012," writes Daniel Eran Dilger in the one-man blog he grandly calls Roughly Drafted Magazine. "Problem is, nobody's talking about how terrible Gartner is at predicting things, or that Gartner's 'research' has historically been paid for by special interests."

    So begins Dilger's reaction MORE

    - Oct 8, 2009 3:55 PM ET
  • Mac shipments up and down in competing surveys

    It's numbers like these that make you wonder what exactly Gartner and IDC are measuring.

    In competing reports issued Wednesday afternoon, the two leading PC market research firms reported domestic Mac shipments for the second quarter of 2009 that differed by more than 200,000 units.

    Gartner reported Apple (AAPL) shipping 1.422 million Macs in the U.S., a 2.5% increase over Q2 2008 in a quarter that saw overall PC shipments in the MORE

    - Jul 16, 2009 9:12 AM ET
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  • 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
  • Despite everything, Mac sales grew year-to-year

    CEO Steve Jobs may be struggling with health problems, but sales of Apple's computers seem to be holding up.

    In a holiday quarter in which the PC industry recorded dismal growth -- its worst since 2002, according to Gartner Research -- Apple (AAPL) sold more than 1.25 million Macintosh systems in the United States, up 8.3% from the same quarter last year.

    Domestic shipments of Dell (DELL) computers, by contrast, were down MORE

    - Jan 16, 2009 11:25 AM ET
  • iPhone market share grew 327.5%

    We've known since October, when Apple released its latest earnings report, that the iPhone had a bang-out summer - shipping nearly 7 million units in the quarter, up from just over 1.1 million the year before.

    But it wasn't until Thursday, when Gartner Research issued its smartphone sales report for the third quarter of 2008, that we learned just how well the iPhone did vis-a-vis its competitors.

    Apple's (AAPL) share of the MORE

    - Dec 5, 2008 11:58 AM ET
  • Macintosh share of the U.S. market tops 9%

    Almost lost in the noise of the Presidential debates, the collapse of the Dow and the milling of those new MacBook aluminum unibodies were the preliminary reports from Gartner and IDC this week that showed sharp gains for Apple (AAPL) in third-quarter domestic computer shipments.

    Apple's unit shipments year-over-year grew 32% according to IDC, and 29.4% according to Gartner -- more than six times the industry average.

    As Gartner measures it, Apple's MORE

    - Oct 16, 2008 9:14 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
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