Apple's PC Market Share Increases to 12% in U.S.
According to Gartner
, which released its Q2 2012 PC sales estimate, this past quarter was good news for Apple and bad news for the PC industry. The last quarter turned out to be the seventh quarter in a row where PC sales were flat, especially when ti came to shipments in the U.S. For last quarter, shipments in the U.S. totaled 15.9 million, which stands to be a 5.7% decline from the same quarter last year.
Principal analyst at Gartner
, Mikako Kitagawa, said the following about the situation: “Consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology products and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing.” Now while Acer, HP, and Toshiba showed double digit year over year declines in the U.S, Apple actually showed a 4.3% increase in sales in the quarter. It’s a small increase for sure but one that is very significant considering the rest of the industry is slipping.
The Cupertino California company was place in the top three PC vendors in the U.S. with 12% market share, trailing only Dell and HP. Research firm IDC
also released its quarterly figures, and much like what we saw with Gartner, Apple placed in the number three spot here as well. Sales estimates from IDC
were a bit lower with Apple only grabbing 11.4% of the market share and recording a 1.1% yearly decline. It should be noted that both figures from Gartner
were based only on PC sales, where tablet sales were not included. If tablet sales were included, Apple would place significantly higher in the charts due to the success of the iPad in the tablet market.
Source: IDC Research