FORTUNE -- Although Mac shipments grew faster than the overall PC market in calendar Q3 for the 25th quarter in a row, Needham's Charlie Wolf sees cause for concern in latest data.
In his regular quarterly review of Apple's (AAPL) Mac business, he notes:
"Notwithstanding its premium prices compared to the prices of Windows PCs," Wolf concludes, "we expect that the Mac will continue to grow faster than the PC market, propelled by the twin halo effects emanating from the iPhone and iPad."
Below: Three more charts from Wolf's report.
An impressive start, but how many of those 350,000 downloads were freebies?
Apple (AAPL) certainly got the attention of educators and the educational publishing community with the iPad textbook initiative it announced last Thursday. And no wonder. It's been a long time since anybody lavished that kind of attention and glitz on what has traditionally been an unglamorous -- albeit highly profitable -- corner of the book industry.
The first measure of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM ET
100% according to a survey of educational technology directors conducted in October
In the wake of Apple's (AAPL) iPad textbook announcement Thursday, it might be useful to take a second look at Piper Jaffray's October survey of 25 school technology directors. The sample is small, concedes Gene Munster, who conducted the survey, but so is the population IT decision makers in U.S. schools.
Among his findings:
Apple has a virtual lock on the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 20, 2012 6:33 AM ET
The schools' ActiveSync networks are now off limits to new Apple and Android tablets
In January, according to the New York Times, the NYC public school system -- the largest in the U.S. -- joined the latest educational technology bandwagon and spent $1.3 million to buy 2,000 iPads for classroom use.
On Nov 10., the Department of Education's IT department slammed on the brakes.
In a memo addressed to all the city's principals, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 2, 2011 6:32 PM ET
In survey, 16% of school tech directors expect to have 1 tablet per student within 5 years
Whether counting heads at the Apple Store or buttonholing cell phone users at the Mall of America, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster is the master of the small survey that may or may not be significant.
His latest: A survey of 25 educational technology directors at a conference on integrating technology in the classroom. "While our sample MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 31, 2011 4:30 AM ET
Donates thousands to teachers in America's poorest schools
Teach for America might sound like a fun way to spend a couple years after college, but it's a pretty tough gig. With just five-weeks training, recent graduates -- many from America's most elite colleges and universities -- are thrown into classrooms in some of the country's meanest, most-impoverished public schools.
Into this improbable mix Apple (AAPL) has just added a few thousand iPads.
It's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 20, 2011 2:22 PM ET
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