According to research firm IDC, Apple has dropped from the No. 4 purveyor of laptops in the U.S. last year to No. 5 this spring. The firm estimates that Apple has shipped 12.5 percent fewer laptops than the same time last year, even as it maintained its 7.6 percent market share.
Leapfrogging Apple to take the No. 4 spot is Toshiba, now estimated to be shipping 7.7 percent of all laptops in the U.S., thanks to system such as the
Naturally, this has tongues wagging over whether Apple will release a less-expensive product, such as a Netbook-style laptop, in order to regain some market share (not that it ever takes much to get the chattering classes predicting cheaper MacBooks).
We've seenabout Apple mini-notebooks and tablets, but will a few quarters of recession-addled shoppers really force Apple to go back on their long-stated desire to stay out of the bottom rungs of the market? What do you think? Sound off below!