Originally Posted by studentx
13.5% in the US is significant, as it's 1 in 6 PCs. Up from what? 4-5% just a few years ago.
The trend is bad for Microsoft, especially in a key market.
Actually, 13.5% is between 1 in 7 and 1 in 8.
Clearly Apple is doing well. Microsoft's problem is no so much loss of share to Apple, but rather the fact that they have saturated the market and it would be very difficult for them to grow - even if they had 100% share.
Originally Posted by Blastdoor
I bet that 13% share in the US would be a really interesting number to decompose. My hunch is that it is heavily concentrated among higher income consumers. In fact, among that demographic, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's share is in the ballpark of 50%.
Probably. It is known that Apple sells the majority of machines over $1,000.
I suspect the Lenovo guy is way too low. However, I think it's fair to say that Samsung sold a lot less than the 2 M they claimed.
Originally Posted by mstone
Well I didn't consider flipping hamburgers as a real world job. Sure that doesn't require knowledge of Windows. Seriously, what industry segment aside from graphic design would you not need to know how to work with Windows computers?
Any number of jobs.
1. Many clerical jobs are using web-based apps. It doesn't matter which platform you use.
2. Scientific jobs are still highly Mac-based
3. College professors use a higher percentage of Macs than the general population
4. Executive positions. Since you're doing memos, presentations, and spreadsheets much of the time, either platform works fine.
5. If you have a single Windows-based app you must use, it can easily be done on the Mac with Parallels or another VM. It can be set up so you never have to use Windows directly - just the app.
This "you MUST use Windows" mentality hasn't been true in most jobs for years.
Originally Posted by bettieblue
So in 10 more years will they break 10%??
Apple lost the computer market share a LONG time ago, it is never going to change. Hence the intense focus on anything iOS.
What part of "Apple wants profit, not market share" don't you understand?