Apple Now Ranked as Fifth Largest Global PC Vendor Due to Price Cuts, Improved Demand

Apple saw its worldwide PC marketshare climb to 6.3 percent in the third quarter of 2014, launching it into the top five worldwide vendors, according to new data released from IDC. While Apple has long held a position as one of the top PC vendors in the U.S., it has not made it into the list of top five worldwide vendors in quite some time.

With nearly 5 million shipments during the quarter compared to 4.5 million in the year ago quarter, Apple saw overall growth of 8.9 percent year over year, allowing it to edge out ASUS as the number five vendor. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer, meanwhile, held their top four positions. Lenovo, as usual, was the top worldwide PC vendor, with more than 15 million shipments and 20 percent marketshare.

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IDC's Preliminary Global PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q14 (In Thousands)

Apple moved into the number 5 position on a worldwide basis, slightly overtaking ASUS. The company's steady growth, along with recent price cuts and improved demand in mature markets, has helped it to consistently outgrow the market.

As for U.S. shipments, Apple retained its number three vendor position with more than 2.2 million shipments and 13 percent marketshare, up 9.3 percent year over year. HP and Dell held their positions as the top two vendors in the U.S., with 27.7 and 24 percent marketshare, respectively.

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IDC's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q14 (In Thousands)

Overall, worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units and saw a year over year decline of -1.7 percent, while PC shipments in the United States totaled 17.4 million units and saw a 4.3 percent year over year growth.

Gartner has also released its shipment estimates for the third quarter of 2014, but its numbers rank ASUS as the number five worldwide PC vendor with 5.7 million shipments. On the U.S. front, Gartner's estimates also place Apple as the third U.S. vendor with 2.4 million shipments and 14.3 percent marketshare.

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Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-3Q14 (Gartner)

It is important to note, as always, that the global and U.S. PC shipment estimates from both IDC and Gartner are based on preliminary data, which explains the discrepancies between the two separate shipment estimates.

Apple's move into the number five worldwide vendor comes as the company prepares to launch new iMacs and possibly other Mac upgrades at an event on October 16. Apple has also launched minor updates to its Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac lineup throughout 2014, and has introduced price drops on the two latter products.

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Taz Mangus Avatar
127 months ago
ipad is a toy compared to productivity and entertainment PC.

And yet you managed to not answer the OP question. Thanks for sharing though.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
127 months ago
Does this include iPad shipments as 'PCs'?

Since iPads are not PCs, and since furthermore iPad sales are much higher than 10 million per quarter, no.
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CEmajr Avatar
127 months ago
iPhone is the gateway drug to the Mac
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normanfox Avatar
127 months ago
Does this include iPad shipments as 'PCs'?

ipad is a toy compared to productivity and entertainment PC.
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apolloa Avatar
127 months ago
iPhone is the gateway drug to the Mac

iOS7 and now iOS8 must be the painful sour comedown then.
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scottsjack Avatar
127 months ago
I think it would be a lot more - maybe even 15-20%. Keep in mind that Apple controls a much larger share of the high end market. The average PC sale is for a system that costs like $200-400 - Mac Minis (which I'd be willing to bet are their least popular systems) cost like twice that, and they only go up from there.

Not a chance of going over 10%. Macs are still a niche market of high-end computers that cannot compare to the number of PC spread literally everywhere.

Apple has never acted in the least like it wants to take on mainstream computer sales. Not only does that involve low-cost units that Apple isn't interested in it would also mean keeping operating systems up and current for many years as required by businesses. That directly conflicts with Apple's yearly OS fashion show.

Consider that one could have purchased Windows 7 back when the EOL'd Snow Leopard was alive and that there are still five more years to go before W7 dies. At Apple's current pace even Yosemite may be gone while W7 is still supported.
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