AutoCAD is returning to the Mac this fall (including some apps for iPad and iPhone). This pretty much completes the list of critical industry software that needs to be available to keep Macs from looking like they are not ready for the Enterprise. The article speculates about “why now?” (and that’s interesting) but I’ve snipped some interesting figures that will pretty much explain it.
Since that switch to Intel, Mac marketshare has exploded. Just last week, Needham’s Charlie Wolf asserted that in the second quarter, business shipments for the Mac grew 50%, more than three times the market average of 15.7%. Mac shipments in government also grew 200% in the second quarter, sixteen times the market growth of 12.1%.