Apple’s Mac sales may still be dwarfed by the number of Windows-powered PCs bought every year, but the company is making solid progress compared to its competition. According to a new study from IDC, Apple is among the top five global PC vendors for the first time this year, though it still trails behind a few rival computer-makers.
IDC’s latest research for the third quarter of 2014 shows Apple shipped almost 5 million Mac computers with 6.3 percent of the market. Lenovo topped the list with 15.7 million units sold followed by HP (14.7 million), Dell (10.4 million), and Acer (6.6 million). All five companies saw increases in total shipments and market share, which means they’re taking customers from smaller brands. Apple specifically took the number 5 spot from ASUS.
The scene is a bit different in the U.S., where HP leads with a 27.7 percent market share. It’s followed by Dell (24 percent), Apple (13 percent), Lenovo (10.7 percent) and Acer (5.9) percent.
“PC shipment growth in the United States remained slightly faster than most other regions in the third quarter and overall the U.S. PC market came in right on forecast with 4.3% year-on-year growth,” IDC senior research analyst Rajani Singh said. “Solid back-to-school sales, a strong performance from key vendors, the continued acceptance of Chromebooks, some commercial uptick from Windows XP to Windows 7 migration, and the slowdown in tablet sales are among the factors that helped the PC market to continue on its positive growth rate trajectory. Moving forward, we expect a healthy holiday season, hence the U.S. PC market may maintain a positive growth rate. However, low demand for large commercial refreshes, combined with competition from 2-in-1 systems, may limit the growth potential.”
Despite what looks like solid growth, the overall PC market took a noticeable hit, with shipments slipping from 79.9 million units in Q3 2013 to 78.5 million units a year later.