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Apple is poised to see substantial growth of its line of Mac computers in China, as a recent survey found that the company is considered the most desirable PC brand in the country with 21 percent of respondents considering a Mac as their next PC purchase.

That's according to an AlphaWise survey from investment bank Morgan Stanley that polled 1,553 Chinese consumers across 16 cities this summer. According to the survey, a significant gap exists between the number of customers who currently own a Mac and those who are considering one for their next purchase.

Just 5 percent of respondents noted Apple as the maker of their current PC, but 21 percent indicated that they were considering the company for their next purchase. That would push the Mac maker into second place in the region behind only China's own Lenovo.

The bulk of Apple's market share growth would come in the form of laptops. The firm's survey found that the company currently has a 5 percent share of notebooks, but 22 percent said they would purchase a Mac portable as their next PC. As for desktops, Apple maintains just a 1 percent share among those surveyed, while 9 percent indicated interest in a Mac desktop as their next purchase.

Apple appears set to continue to dominate the tablet market. The company currently holds a 65 percent share in China with its iPad. As a future purchase, Apple's share climbs to 68 percent.



Chinese consumers also rated Apple as the most desirable PC brand, trailed by Asus, Sony and Lenovo. Respondents indicated the importance of attributes for selecting PCs and scored each brand by those attributes. Apple's weighted score was 66 percent, while Asus came in as a close second with 65 percent.



However, affordability could pose a serious obstacle to Apple's PC growth in China. According to the survey, just 7 percent of Chinese consumers are willing to pay $1,100 or more for their next PC. Although, the average price paid for a PC in China ($700) does match up with the average price in the U.S. In general, consumers indicated they were willing to spend 6 percent more on their next PCs, with half of them planning to upgrade to a new machine in the next two years.

It's not immediately clear from the survey to what extent the iPad could help in terms of affordability. But, given the PC-free design of iOS 5, it's possible that the touchscreen tablet could cannibalize low-end PC sales in the country.

Continued strong growth of the country's middle class will also play a part in mitigating the cost issue. CEO Tim Cook noted during an earnings call in October that he had "never seen a country with as many people rising into the middle class and aspiring to buy products Apple makes," highlighting China as an "area of enormous opportunity" for the company.

Greater China became Apple's second-largest market last quarter with record sales of $4.5 billion. As the company's fastest-growing region, revenue for the fiscal year reached $15 billion, roughly five times as much as last year's total of $3 billion.

An earlier survey from Morgan Stanley also found that Apple has become the leading smartphone brand in China. The iPhone maker gained six points from the first half of 2011 to the second half to overtake Nokia. Nearly 40 percent of respondents indicated plans to purchase the iPhone as their next handset, more than 4.5 times the company's current share.
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Apple is poised to see explosive growth...

Again with the explosive growth. Isn't that phrase a bit overused around here?
OTOH, China is a very populated place that's just poised for "explosive growth"

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Again with the explosive growth. Isn't that phrase a bit overused around here?
OTOH, China is a very populated place that's just poised for "explosive growth"

"Boomsticks" are also poised for explosive growth.

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post #4 of 25
A paragraph that starts "And,"?!??!

Must be some mistake! Some uuuugly English!
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If Apple only has 68% of the tablet market what tablet(s) have the rest?

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post #6 of 25
Hmmmm...... two surveys today that show an emerging global contrast: the Chinese are trading up (Apple) while American are trading down (Fire).

Interesting (if true).
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Apple is going to have a monster year, correction, a string of monster years in China. The upwardly mobile Chinese are the most brand conscious consumers on the face of the earth today, they're like the Japanese of the 80's. Hang on to your AAPL!
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"Boomsticks" are also poised for explosive growth.


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Apple is going to have a monster year, correction, a string of monster years in China. The upwardly mobile Chinese are the most brand conscious consumers on the face of the earth today, they're like the Japanese of the 80's. Hang on to your AAPL!

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Only 6% huh...

Oh wait that's like 90 million people.
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"1,553 Chinese consumers across 16 cities this summer"


How can this be called accurate research given China's large population?
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Hmmmm...... two surveys today that show an emerging global contrast: the Chinese are trading up (Apple) while American are trading down (Fire).

Interesting (if true).

I'm sorry I can't find the article at the moment but it stated that the US will become the new China (manufacturer of cheap goods) and China will become the manufacturer of high end goods such as machinery.

Interesting indeed (if true).
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"1,553 Chinese consumers across 16 cities this summer"


How can this be called accurate research given China's large population?

You haven't taken a statistics course, have you?
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Hmmmm...... two surveys today that show an emerging global contrast: the Chinese are trading up (Apple) while American are trading down (Fire).

Interesting (if true).

That's it get the trolling out of your system.

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I'm sorry I can't find the article at the moment but it stated that the US will become the new China (manufacturer of cheap goods) and China will become the manufacturer of high end goods such as machinery.

Interesting indeed (if true).

I find this hard to believe, it is too bad or is it just convenient that you can't link to the article.

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It is hard to believe how people can use such an anti-intuitive, awkward and malware-filled operating system as Windows is. Windows is basically maintained by inertia and ignorance. The day the Mac reaches 20% market share, Windows will be history in three years.
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interesting... Samsung tablet desirability went down 2%.
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People's Republic of Apple flag

Shame ol' Big Red isn't still around. An Apple takeover there would have seen more drastic changes.

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Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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If Apple only has 68% of the tablet market what tablet(s) have the rest?

The graph is color-coded.

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"1,553 Chinese consumers across 16 cities this summer"


How can this be called accurate research given China's large population?

Learn the basics of statistical analysis and the answer will be revealed. Clue: Start with the concept of "margin of error" and enter the field from the side to answer your specific question.
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The affluent Asians that I know are extremely brand consious(often laughably so, see YSL luggage at the airport, pretty good odds it belongs to an Asian.). If this carries through to the less affluent then the survey results are believable.
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