I dont think thats true... just how many of us have a nice rig, that you put in at least $1500 in ???
I know a lot of people just on my base with computers they built themselves... there is no way apple can track number of people who build PCs themselves, and people who are buying PCs from companies who make custom PCs- Because there a lot of these small companies.... I bet they only looked at numbers from big companies like Dell and HP, and thats about it.....
Isnt this dumb? i mean this should be a plus for PC users as it means its cheaper and they are smarter for buying something thats as strong if not stronger and cheaper at the same time.. and thats even without OC'ing.. for a site that should be PRO OC's and pro hardware for enthusiasts .. THG seems to be really going out of its way to kiss up to Apple...?
and when you say over $1000 is "premium" then you have to include everything Apple sells because they only sell products that are $1000+. It just goes to show how much cheaper PCs are than Macs. Few PCs cost more than $1000.
Apples are too over priced for what they have inside. You pay for the glossy looks and unfamiliar operating system. Apple is just doing so well because people like to be different and buy something like a Mac to be better than others. My custom rig will smoke the highest end Mac out there. Why spend $1400 on something to go on facebook compared to $500 or less on a Windows based PC that does the same.
[citation][nom]tektek2000[/nom]Isnt this dumb? i mean this should be a plus for PC users as it means its cheaper and they are smarter for buying something thats as strong if not stronger and cheaper at the same time.. and thats even without OC'ing.. for a site that should be PRO OC's and pro hardware for enthusiasts .. THG seems to be really going out of its way to kiss up to Apple...?[/citation]
Welcome to the other half of Apples Marketing team, The Media!
So any computer worth more than $1000 is considered a premium computer... I didn't realize I was building premium PCs for 6 years now! This is nice they have the market share but how many did they actually sell? Just because you sell 9 laptops and HP sells 1 doesn't mean market share is relevant.
Pointless article. It's obvious Apple dominates the market of $1,000+ machines when all they sell are $1,000+ machines. It's like saying BMW dominates the market of premium cars but that makes up what percentage of the auto industry again? Enough to prove how pointless it looks to the other 90+ percent of auto owners.
If you are going to buy a PC over $1000 and don't game or do processor/graphics chip intensive task, you might as well get a Mac. If not for performance, you are buying battery life, lightness, and most of all cachet. When people willing to spend over $1000 are given the choice of a Mac or Windows PC without any particular need for performance, they are most likely going to choose the Mac. It's not that it is any better than the Windows alternative, only that it has more cachet and really now down side when competitors in the premium market such as the Adamo offer little more in benefits. Simply put it, if performance is not a main priority but you are willing to spend over $1000, a Mac will have few disadvantages when compared to a PC, leaving Cachet as the main attraction and giving Apple such a sizable portion of the premium computer market.
[citation][nom]kittle[/nom]Now are you talking "PC" as in a desktop computer? or PC as in a laptop? your article mentions both.A lot of premium desktops are assembled by end users from parts. its rather hard to do that with a laptop. (not impossible -- just hard).[/citation]
PC as in "personal computer", as opposed to "IBM compatible PC" which traditionally ahs excluded Apple.
As far as I know there is no definition of PC that refers exclusively to desktops or notebooks. The article is discussing the ASP as a whole for both desktops and notebooks.
This makes me laugh - so as far as I can tell the only criteria for 'premium' is price, then I'm paying an Apple 'premium' to get slower/more outdated hardware with the Apple OS for a higher price.
Given that the hardware in that windows machine at the lower ASP is probably equvalent or better than the hardware in the apple machine, that just goes to show that you're paying for the industrial design and OS, nothing more.
We (myself included) complain about the cost of windows OS (speaking mostly from recent articles on W7 pricing) however when seen in this light, we should be delighted - to 'build' an apple machine, i'd spend about 600$ on hardware and 800$ for the OS (ok we'll kick in 200$ for the 'industrial design') so that means my copy of the Apple OS is really costing me 600$ - i'll take the windows cost of 110$ anyday over that!!
More reinforcement for my current opinion - Mac's are nice, but not at THAT price!!
Saying that Apple has a 91% share of PC sales >$1000 just means that Apple's computers are more expensive than non-Apple computers. It doesn't mean that their computers are better or that they have sold more of them.
What you ought to compare is the number of $1000 PCs sold, as well as the quality and specs of each group. You will then see that Apple merely has a 91% share of overpriced-and-sub-par-PC sales.
Where the heck did they get their statistics from? knowing that most people custom build their pcs and apart from that there are more small business with custom built pcs. You can't get these untrue figure from the big names like Dell, HP and so fort..... not much people buy pc from them anymore except for companies... oh, almost all the companies use Windows any way.
Most us here have custom built pc worth more than £1000 if u r from the UK. we build for speed and graphics capable of running anything u think of triple of what mac users could ever dream of for £3000.
So i say rubbish report and no credit for Apple, anyone?
So if mac is 12% of the market that means and they would maybe take up a mere 1-2% of the pc cheaper than 1000 bucks?, number is not for sure seeing as I would need to know what percent premium computers are of total pc sales.
Too me that just shows that the average computer user doesn't buy macs, of course they didn't include home built systems.
I consider a premium laptop something I would play my games on. In that respect, Apple FAIL. Even if we start to consider a fairly powerful notebook that would serve as a desktop replacement for most people, many of those are at $999.99, while an apple equivalent tacks on another $500 bucks at least.