Apple said again in its earnings call last week that it has no intention of entering the low-end netbook market\u2014and why should it? Market researcher NPD Group says Apple commands 91 percent of the U.S. retail market for personal computers that cost more than $1,000.\nThat's not just a lion's share.Apple's dominance in the high-end isn't because there's little competition. Windows-based PC makers all sell computers costing well more than $1,000. In fact, four of the six Laptop Hunters in the Microsoft ads had budgets up to $2,000. So if these four PC shoppers in the high-end bought Windows PCs, as NPD Group suggests, some 130 people bought Macs.Apple continues to make strides in the high-end PC market even in a recession. Apple sold 2.6 million Macs this last quarter, up 4 percent from a year ago. Microsoft, meanwhile, announced its financials a few days ago and they were less than pretty.Of course, the vast majority of personal computers sell for under $1,000. And Apple hardly plays in this end of the market with only a few Macs, the most significant being the 13-inch MacBook for $999.Then again, why buy a MacBook after Apple came out with a 13-inch MacBook Pro starting at $1199? Only a few months ago, you'd have to spend $1999 for a MacBook Pro. The $1199 MacBook Pro is a compelling offering for those in the upper low-end to keep up with the Joneses.Apple's success with the MacBook Pro price cuts prompted Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets to ask Apple about the opportunity for lower-priced, entry-level PCs.Apple COO Tim Cook responded: "At this point, we don't see a way to build a great product for this $399, $499, this kind of price point ... the Mac has outrun the market a staggering 18 of the last 19 quarters, and I think that really says that we do have the right approach."Got a different take? Send me an email at email@example.com. Or follow me on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline.