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08-23-2010, 11:34 AM #1
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."
08-23-2010, 11:43 AM #2
08-23-2010, 11:44 AM #3
The goverment is getting wiser, the "other" we use is just out of date, glad to see they arent letting technology fall through there green stained fingers.
08-23-2010, 11:51 AM #4
08-23-2010, 12:22 PM #5
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.
08-23-2010, 12:32 PM #6
08-23-2010, 12:35 PM #7
08-23-2010, 12:55 PM #8
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.
08-23-2010, 02:01 PM #9
08-23-2010, 02:24 PM #10
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.
08-23-2010, 02:44 PM #11
08-23-2010, 03:01 PM #12
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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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08-23-2010, 05:55 PM #13
You really have to wonder why people come to an "Everything Apple" forums, armed with a baseball bat.
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08-23-2010, 06:10 PM #14
08-23-2010, 07:18 PM #15
Does "Mac vs PC" have any relation to the topic? No.
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08-23-2010, 07:58 PM #16
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!
08-24-2010, 01:03 AM #17
@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.
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08-24-2010, 06:51 AM #18
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!
08-24-2010, 08:08 AM #19
08-24-2010, 08:57 AM #20
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.