Apple has again topped the US and Worldwide education market, show sales figures from research firm, IDC.

IDC's report for the education market for the first quarter of this year shows that Apple captured 26 per cent of the US market, and 14 per cent of the worldwide market.

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide sales, Mitch Mandich, said: "We listen to our customers and work hard to design the best products that meet both classroom and administrative needs."

However, the US education market share has dropped from 30.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 1999, according to IDC's report.

The fourth-quarter 1999 results reflected the introduction of new products, such as the iBook, Airport, and iMac DV, according to a press release issued by Apple at the time.