Apple now sells 1 in 12 US computers

Gartner says Apple's growth rate is eight times the industry average

Apple's share of the U.S. computer market climbed again last quarter, two research firms said today, and the company now has a solid lock on third place behind Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

Both Gartner and IDC put Apple in the third spot for U.S. shipments, with 1.34 million machines sold for Dell and 1.13 million for HP. Rounding out the top five in the U.S. were Toshiba and Gateway.

Although Apple's system sales paled compared to Dell's numbers -- Dell shipped between 4.83 million and 5.01 million PCs in the U.S. -- or HP's figures, Apple's year-to-year growth rate ranged from 15.9 percent to 37.2 percent. That's a far cry from the decline of Dell and the more modest increases posted by HP.

Gartner pegged Apple's U.S. market share at 8.1 percent, while IDC, which posted more conservative Apple numbers across the board, put its third-quarter share at 6.3 percent. The prior quarter, IDC had Apple at 5.3 percent of the U.S. market. Since the first of the year, the research company's data showed that Apple has grown its piece of the pie by 1.6 percentage points.

While Gartner's and IDC's numbers for Apple differed wildly, their figures pointed out that Apple's year-to-year growth rate remained significantly higher than the PC industry average. Gartner, for example, said that Apple's growth was nearly eight times the average during the quarter, while IDC put it at just over three times greater than the average.

In global sales statistics, however, Apple is but a blip, with its numbers buried in the "Others" category by both research firms. Worldwide, for example, No. 1 HP sold between 12.8 million and 13.1 million machines during the quarter; second-place Dell, between 9.9 million and 10.2 million PCs globally.

Apple will release definitive sales figures next week, when it holds its fiscal fourth-quarter conference call with Wall Street analysts.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?