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  • Government Mac Purchases Exploding



    Charlie Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Company, stated Monday that a breakdown of IDC numbers on Mac sales for the month of June 2010 indicates a massive spike in government spending. In other words, the government is buying up Macs with a voracious appetite unlike anything Apple has ever experienced. In terms of numbers, government sales exploded better than 200% year over year for the June quarter.

    "Whether the June blip was a one-quarter phenomenon or something more enduring should be revealed in future quarters," Wolf stated, noting along that way that Mac sales overall grew 31.5% year-over-year. That's way ahead of the 20% growth within the entire PC market for 2009. Similarly, Mac sales in the big business sector also flourished, rising 50% during the three-month period. The PC market only grew 12.1% among big business use during the same quarter.

    The numbers as reported by Wolf:

    * At 35%, Mac shipment growth in June easily exceeded the market's growth rate of 20.9%.
    * Mac shipments grew 31.4% in the home market, topping the market's growth rate of 25.2%.
    * At 49.8%, the Mac's growth in business was three times higher than the market's 15.7%.
    * Mac shipments in government grew 200%, sixteen times faster than the market's 12.1%.

    Perhaps most interestingly, however, is the "intriguing phenomenon" of the European growth of the Mac's popularity. "The key driver of Mac sales in the European market," Wolf writes, "appears to be the iPhone. "The iPhone holds a higher share in the European smartphone market than it does in the U.S. because it is distributed through multiple carriers in most countries in this region. In addition, the halo effect emanating from the iPhone is undoubtedly stronger than the iPod halo effect."

    Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Government Mac Purchases Exploding started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Wow.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      The goverment is getting wiser, the "other" we use is just out of date, glad to see they arent letting technology fall through there green stained fingers.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhononymous View Post
      First, sweet!!
      thanks for all your help
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhononymous View Post
      First, sweet!!
      Good for you! NOT! Post count 1! Useful posts 0! 0 out of 1! I think we have an "id-10t" problem on our hands with you.

      To think, my résumé is absolutely bloated with stuff I have done with Macs, the Apple Store, my own business, and Apple stuff I have done (IT wise). I couldn't even find any government jobs, applied for a lot.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      Good for you! NOT! Post count 1! Useful posts 0! 0 out of 1! I think we have an "id-10t" problem on our hands with you.

      To think, my résumé is absolutely bloated with stuff I have done with Macs, the Apple Store, my own business, and Apple stuff I have done (IT wise). I couldn't even find any government jobs, applied for a lot.

      We are always hiring lol.
    1. nmejunkie's Avatar
      nmejunkie -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      good for you! Not! Post count 1! Useful posts 0! 0 out of 1! I think we have an "id-10t" problem on our hands with you.

      To think, my résumé is absolutely bloated with stuff i have done with macs, the apple store, my own business, and apple stuff i have done (it wise). I couldn't even find any government jobs, applied for a lot.
      thank god theres more to gov then using macs
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      It all depends on how many Macs they have originally, for an example:
      Our company had 1 Mac, now we have 4 that is 300%!
      Sounds significant but I would not even call this explosion, part of the reason I hate percentage increase in studies.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhononymous View Post
      First, sweet!!
      Congratulations! You are the first one to be on my Ignore List of Stupidity! Epic Failure!


      Over 200%?! Uhh...how is that even possible?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      No numbers to back this up though. It's all hype. Apple sales are growing after years of tumbleweeds rolling through their sales stores. It took them long enough to realize that you can't reach a large audience by selling in the 20 stores they have in the US.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      notice apple is still behind in educational market growth....

      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Congratulations! You are the first one to be on my Ignore List of Stupidity! Epic Failure!


      Over 200%?! Uhh...how is that even possible?
      to put that in lamens terms, that is triple market sales
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      In my own greedy way this is exciting. I think the days of PCs being the only ones with viruses and Apple being able to claim their OS is far safer than that of Microsoft will soon be behind us.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      In my own greedy way this is exciting. I think the days of PCs being the only ones with viruses and Apple being able to claim their OS is far safer than that of Microsoft will soon be behind us.
      Yeah, right. Considering your choice of computer system you've been well served over the years haven't you? I hope you've enjoyed your viruses, bugs, crashes, worms and malware, and M$ have done so well protecting your systems haven't they. Oh, that's right, you have to buy a third party anti virus package to protect your stuff. You really have to wonder why M$ never made a security package for their OS when they were well aware of the security risks, should make you worry. Anyone who enjoys that kind of treatment and sticks with M$ really is a koolade kid (reason why I went to linux many years ago). Your hopes for an attack will go largely unfulfilled. You don't seem to understand the unix architecture. The only thing that can affect a unix based system is a spurious package installed by the user with admin privileges and at best you'll end up with malware, so the user is the ultimate gatekeeper of their security. Unlike PC where an executive file from an email or anywhere can self install without admin access, without the users knowledge and do anything, even trash your system. M$ only addressed this in its recent os's. So because you've endured the displeasure of viruses, bugs, crashes, hacks, trojans and malware at M$'s pleasure, you can't wait for others suffer too. What a nice guy you must be. Sorry it won't happen, and if were possible it would have happened by now. Any punk with an attitude like yours would just love to be the first to do this but it's not as easy as you'd think. Enjoy your junk, but your schadenfreude won't bring you happiness.

      You really have to wonder why people come to an "Everything Apple" forums, armed with a baseball bat.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      Yeah, right. Considering your choice of computer system you've been well served over the years haven't you? I hope you've enjoyed your viruses, bugs, crashes, worms and malware, and M$ have done so well protecting your systems haven't they. Oh, that's right, you have to buy a third party anti virus package to protect your stuff. You really have to wonder why M$ never made a security package for their OS when they were well aware of the security risks, should make you worry. Anyone who enjoys that kind of treatment and sticks with M$ really is a koolade kid (reason why I went to linux many years ago). Your hopes for an attack will go largely unfulfilled. You don't seem to understand the unix architecture. The only thing that can affect a unix based system is a spurious package installed by the user with admin privileges and at best you'll end up with malware, so the user is the ultimate gatekeeper of their security. Unlike PC where an executive file from an email or anywhere can self install without admin access, without the users knowledge and do anything, even trash your system. M$ only addressed this in its recent os's. So because you've endured the displeasure of viruses, bugs, crashes, hacks, trojans and malware at M$'s pleasure, you can't wait for others suffer too. What a nice guy you must be. Sorry it won't happen, and if were possible it would have happened by now. Any punk with an attitude like yours would just love to be the first to do this but it's not as easy as you'd think. Enjoy your junk, but your schadenfreude won't bring you happiness.
      kudos^10
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Does "Mac vs PC" have any relation to the topic? No.
    1. mastaryan's Avatar
      mastaryan -
      I'm an auditor and currently auditing a small school district and they spent over 200k on apple computers. Bought over 500 iPod touches for elementary school. Can't wait to do my asset search!
    1. johnwin's Avatar
      johnwin -
      @Tyronal - I have to respectfully disagree with you about Windows. I personally find it to be a great operating system and quite secure to the average user. I have an iphone myself and love the security it provides, however, if I was not a power user on windows I don't believe there is any particular reason to fear viruses on the PC. There are many sufficient virus detectors on the PC such as Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, etc. The rule of thumb is not to install any plugins that aren't verified or come from any suspicious websites. Also people shouldn't install executable's from websites they don't know and trust.
      I agree that MAC is more secure by nature,(it's a closed system) but that is also it's downfall. What plagues windows the most is users not knowing what they're doing and clicking on things they know nothing about. This has definitely been focused on by the Microsoft Team and the browser teams as they are making it as easy as possible for users to discern the product they are looking at. Apple's MAC OS on the other hand hasn't needed to worry about these for a long time and therefore has actually made itself much more susceptible to new types of viruses. Viruses aren't only on the PC, that much we know now for certain. I can say with much certainty that because Apple has been able to stand on their throne for so long they've grown a bit lazy in dealing with the newer dangers ahead.
      If you're a normal user you generally don't have anything to worry about on either Operating System. If you're a power user that's where the problem lies. Either way people need to exert a certain amount of caution.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Inefficient, self serving, overdrawn government seeks to improve overall efficiency, productivity and public persona by purchasing high value, sleek, and sexy Mac systems.

      End result= Continued government failure on all fronts, only now they look good doing it!
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post



      Charlie Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Company, stated Monday that a breakdown of IDC numbers on Mac sales for the month of June 2010 indicates a massive spike in government spending. In other words, the government is buying up Macs with a voracious appetite unlike anything Apple has ever experienced. In terms of numbers, government sales exploded better than 200% year over year for the June quarter.

      "Whether the June blip was a one-quarter phenomenon or something more enduring should be revealed in future quarters," Wolf stated, noting along that way that Mac sales overall grew 31.5% year-over-year. That's way ahead of the 20% growth within the entire PC market for 2009. Similarly, Mac sales in the big business sector also flourished, rising 50% during the three-month period. The PC market only grew 12.1% among big business use during the same quarter.

      The numbers as reported by Wolf:

      * At 35%, Mac shipment growth in June easily exceeded the market's growth rate of 20.9%.
      * Mac shipments grew 31.4% in the home market, topping the market's growth rate of 25.2%.
      * At 49.8%, the Mac's growth in business was three times higher than the market's 15.7%.
      * Mac shipments in government grew 200%, sixteen times faster than the market's 12.1%.

      Perhaps most interestingly, however, is the "intriguing phenomenon" of the European growth of the Mac's popularity. "The key driver of Mac sales in the European market," Wolf writes, "appears to be the iPhone. "The iPhone holds a higher share in the European smartphone market than it does in the U.S. because it is distributed through multiple carriers in most countries in this region. In addition, the halo effect emanating from the iPhone is undoubtedly stronger than the iPod halo effect."

      Fortune
      In the real world this maybe true but in the 'Chuck' and 'Psych' universes the government likes to use these.....
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      I can attest to this uprising with Macs in the government...Im actually leading a pilot program for Macs and iPads for them. Working closely with the Apple VP of govt sales, Ron Police, and several Apple engineers on this effort.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      I'd like to see actual numbers as opposed to percentages. If the Gov. bought one Mac last year, and three Macs this year, that's a 200% increase.