Apple hits 4.7 % US market share
By Tom Krazit
Despite earlier predictions of a slow year for PC shipments, the continued shift to notebooks and overall decline in PC prices lifted the worldwide PC market to new heights in the second quarter, research companies IDC and Gartner said Monday.
The analysts confirmed Apple's fast-paced growth in the US market, where it has emerged as the fourth biggest PC manufacturer there.
As recently as May, IDC and Gartner had predicted that second-quarter worldwide PC shipments would grow about 12 per cent as consumer purchases slowed. However, IDC pegged actual second-quarter PC shipment growth at 16.6 per cent while Gartner reported a 14.8 per cent increase in PC shipments.
Apple takes fourth place in US
In the US, Gateway and Apple grew much faster than Dell or HP and captured third and fourth place, respectively, in the US market.
Apple's well-documented success in the digital music market with the iPod and iTunes is starting to have a noticeable effect on the company's PC business, IDC said.
Apple's shipments grew 37 per cent year-on-year quarter, against a worldwide industry growth of 16.6 per cent, according to IDC. Gartner assesses industry growth at 14.8 per cent.
The figures represent Apple's US market share to have reached 4.5 per cent, up from 3.7 per cent at the same time last year.
Gateway has now worked through any remaining issues surrounding its purchase of eMachines and its move into the retail market, and it enjoyed a 26 per cent increase in shipments.
Both IDC and Gartner count desktops, notebooks, and servers using processors based on the x86 instruction set when compiling their results.