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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 15, 2009 5:14 AM ET
Over the past decade, Mac shipments have grown with nearly every new Microsoft release
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The graphic (shown full-size below the fold) comes out of a report to clients issued Monday by Broadpoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall. Anticipating the release of Windows 7 next week (Oct. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 13, 2009 5:55 AM ET
The so-called market share reports issued every month by Net Applications have long been controversial -- mostly because they didn't actually measure market share (which business people typically express as the number of widgets they sell in a given period divided by the total number of widgets sold).
What Net Applications did instead was sample data from browsers visiting their clients' websites and report what percentage came from machines running Windows, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 2, 2009 8:07 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 17, 2009 8:55 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 16, 2009 11:25 AM ET
The rise of the iPhone, like the course of true love, never did run smooth.
Quarterly sales last year varied widely, from a low of 720,000 in June to a high of 6,890,000 in September following the release of the iPhone 3G.
But that's nothing compared with the weird patterns that emerge from data collected by Net Applications, a Web metrics firm that tracks hits to its clients' websites on a daily MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 13, 2009 10:00 AM ET
Apple's (AAPL) presence on the Web expanded to record levels in December, according to preliminary data released early New Year's day by Net Applications.
Mac OS X's percentage of Web hits reached a record 9.63%, up more than 9% since November and nearly 32% from Dec. 2007.
Gains for the iPhone were even more impressive. Its share of the Web traffic grew nearly 19% to hit a record 0.44%. That's more than MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 1, 2009 9:12 AM ET
Money gets tight. Buyers get picky. Price-sensitive consumers -- the kind Steve Jobs and Apple famously "choose not to serve" -- start shopping for bargain basement PCs and Taiwanese netbooks. Mac sales plummet.
That's the conventional wisdom. Or at least that's the line Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty pitched in September -- when she lowered Apple's (AAPL) rating twice in two weeks -- and reiterated last week, when she earned the distinction MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 21, 2008 9:02 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2008 11:58 AM ET
A snapshot of the global smartphone market issued Thursday by Canalys shows just how big a dent Apple's iPhone made in the cellphone universe last quarter.
With a surge of nearly 6.9 million shipments in calendar Q3, the iPhone leapfrogged past RIM (RIMM) and Motorola (MOT) to grab 17.3% of the smartphone market.
That put Apple (AAPL) in second place after Nokia, and helped cut the market-leader's share from 51.4% to 38.9%.
It MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2008 8:03 AM ET
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