MacCentral exclusively reported July 9, an IDC report confirms that Apple is the dominant leader in K-12 education.
A report by the industry research firm, “Apple, Still at the Head of the Class: Installed PC Market Share in K-12 Education, 2000-2001,” shows that Apple is leading the way in both desktops with a 27.7 percent share, and portables with a 34.7 percent share of the education market. According to IDC’s report, Apple has nearly twice as many desktop and portable computers in U.S. schools as its nearest competitor.
“Education is in our DNA at Apple,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We have been the installed base leader in K-12 education for nearly 25 years and innovative products like our wirelessly networked new iBooks will keep us on top.”
Recent IDC data also highlights that Apple is the worldwide number one supplier for notebook computers to education. IDC forecasts a 30 percent growth rate for US education market portable shipments in 2001, said Tom Copeland, vice president of Worldwide Tracker Products for IDC. IDC predicts that portables will account for about 19.4 of US education market units in 2001, up from 15.8 percent in 2001.
As we reported earlier this month, statistics from Quality Education Data (QED) a provider of K-12 and higher education market research, reiterates Apple’s return to dominance in the education market.
According to QED’s statistics, there are 2,727,018 to 3,236,798 Apple systems installed in U.S. public schools compared to Dell’s 1,240,420 to 1,572,042 range and Compaq’s 738,680 to 997,485. In other words, Apple has over twice as many systems in use.
For the 2001-2002 school year, QED estimates that U.S. public schools will purchase 311,896 to 447,994 Macs compared to 203,808 to 270,500 Dell systems and 118,427 to 215,705 Compaq units.