PC shipments in US fall, but Apple is up

PC shipments in the US dropped 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new report from research firm Gartner. Despite the drop in overall shipments, Apple’s market share went up.

Apple’s fourth quarter 2012 market share was 12.3 percent, up 5.4 percent over the same period in 2011. HP (12.6%) and Lenovo (9.7%) were also up over 2011.

The big sucking sound in the PC industry is coming from Dell, down 16.5 percent, and Acer, down 21.6 percent over last year.

It’s also important to note that the data does not include the iPad. From Gartner:

Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels.



  • lkalliance

    I’m not clear that the data in the story say what I inferred from the headline. I expected to read that overall PC sales were down, but that overall Apple PC sales were up. It does say that Apple’s market share went up, which might have happened even if its total sales went down.

    Is there data that shows that Apple’s total unit sales were up? Was that in the last quarterly report?

    • Kevin Horton

      Did you look in the Gartner report linked in the first sentence of this summary article? The data in the Gartner report show Apple’s US shipments increasing 5.4% from 4Q11 to 4Q12.