Apple Inc. (AAPL): Will Mac Ever Become Mainstream?

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Still, as the mass-market need for PCs continues to dwindle, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is claiming a definite edge, not only because of its iPad, but also its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Consumers who once headed straight for Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)or Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) are becoming increasingly frustrated with both companies’ penchant for careless outsourcing, liking the quality Apple’s carefully-outsourced products provide. Additionally, the types of workers who will likely choose PCs for many years to come — photo and video editors, graphic designers, journalists, and the like — are the same people who have gravitated toward Macs all along.

For that reason, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may continue to claim a large share of the market — as if the iPad and iPhone weren’t reason enough for investors to believe in the company. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and HP, meanwhile, will have to continue to reinvent themselves to keep up with the rapidly-changing needs of today’s technology consumer.

Stephanie Faris has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and Microsoft.

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