Apple Holds Third-Place Ranking Among U.S. PC Manufacturers in 1Q 2012

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Research firm Gartner today released its preliminary personal computer shipment data for the first quarter of 2012, offering up a picture of market performance during the quarter. While Apple experienced only small year-over-year unit growth of over 3.8% and was beaten among top 5 vendors by HP's 6.6% growth, the company did once again outperform the overall industry and its 3.5% decline.


    Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q12 (Thousands of Units)
    Apple's share of the U.S. market registered at 10.6% and has dipped for two straight quarters, dropping from 12.9% in the third quarter of 2011 and 11.6% in the fourth quarter. The weakness in Apple's Mac sales has primarily been attributed to a lack of hardware updates as the company awaits the launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips. Still, Apple's 10.6% share during the quarter topped its 9.8% share from the first quarter of 2011.


    Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q12 (Gartner)
    As usual, Gartner did not cover Apple's worldwide market share for the quarter, as the company does not rank among the top five vendors on a worldwide basis. PC shipments experienced slow 1.9% year-over-year on a worldwide basis, with strong growth from Lenovo and Asus keeping the industry in positive territory.

    Article Link: Apple Holds Third-Place Ranking Among U.S. PC Manufacturers in 1Q 2012
  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 10, 2002
    Update hardware please! I know many people holding off on buying... these long delays between updates is why nobody buys. Who wants to buy a MacPro that is already two years out of date. If only Apple had either a more regular schedule or at least a less clandestine release schedule, I think this wouldn't be as severe.
  3. macrumors member


    May 4, 2011
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    I`m guessing the year over year % is negative for Apple and HP. Probably a typo.

    Edit: I take it back. I`m confused.:confused:
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Someone PLEASE give Gartner a copy of Keynote. I'm tired of seeing the same fugly table.

    Also, who are these people who purchase HP? It took just one phone call to their customer service center in India for me to realize just how awful they are. :(
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    Who likes quality products when I have a team to root for?

    I have an iPhone, a Macbook Air, and an iPad. I also had a Palm Pixi, HT Touchpad, and an HP tower. All of which are fine products.

    Imagine owning an HP machine...use it and grow up!
  7. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2008
    If it does what you need it to do, who cares - just a tool. Like someone telling me they can only sketch with a Mahogany pencil.

    In the end you judged by what you make, not what you own.
  9. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    love my touchpad, cant beat the price!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2010
    HP is the Honda civic while Apple is the Benz. They both get the job done but its much cooler doing it on an Apple. :cool:

    BTW Dell > HP IMO
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
    i've got the HP Envy 14.. i'm really considering getting a 15 inch macbook pro? or should i wait for the 15 inch macbook air?

    Which mac should i buy?:confused:, i wouldn't buy one until like this fall or something, though.

    Btw... a question to the mac users.. i've never used a Mac OS before and it looks hard to learn just by looking at it. Do you guys think it's easy to learn? i know iOS is.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2008
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
    maybe because Apple is way more expensive? some people just don't have that kind of money.
  15. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Stop with the silly car analogies. They simply do not work. You can find more powerful HP computer (compared to Apple) in every computer category. Who is the Benz now?
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008
    people these days...


    There is a learning curve if you are brand new to OSX, but it's not that difficult. I say go MBP before all Apple's laptops turn into Macbook Airs.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    Ur so cool!
  18. macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
    My HP laptop is brilliant and has outlasted several of my friends Macbooks. They make great machines.
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Western Australia
    iPad effect

    Looks like the companies that are more reliant on netbooks, like Acer, are the ones that took the biggest dive. The iPad is really hurting them.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    Bonney Lake, WA
    Stock price tumble - Prepare

    Based on these number and soon 2nd quarter financials I can bet my house the stock will tumble for a while. May be temporary but Stock will drop. Prepare or take profits now unless your in for the long haul. Will take a few months to recover.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    Left coast
    I have a 2011 27'' imac paperwait on my desk (bad GPU, flaky power supply). I would be very careful if I were you. Personnaly I like windows 7 better, I just get things done faster because I do not know the Mac shortcuts.
    Also I have issues going on/off VPN with OS/X, whereas it was pretty automatic on Windows. Where the MAC shines (when it works) is recognizing USB devices and the build-in apps (photo and garageband).
    Next time, I will buy a $500 Dell and a $2000 Gibson, 20 years later you can still enjoy it. Good luck.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2008
    My HP laptop is a piece of junk, and the HP support is ridiculously useless. And mind you, I have a business laptop with business support.

    On paper their machines are good, but they fail if you have to rely on them. Dell has a much better support.
  23. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I've owned several in the last decade. All of them were very nice and lasted several years.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2008
    The Mac business hasn't been much of a stock price driver for the last ~10 years. They did pretty good, but it's the iProducts that made Apple's market cap explode. And from what we've heard, they are doing extremely well.

    Actually the current stock price has the rather slow Mac sales already factored in. This has been known for weeks.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    oh yeah, you bought a nearly $2000.00 computer and it's a paperweight? I guess you didn't consider having such an investment fixed. And you said you get things done faster with the pc because you don't know the mac shortcuts. It's called learning!!!!!!


    It's called saving up!

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