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    Accordingly to IDC’s preliminary report covering worldwide PC shipments for the fourth quarter, Apple Mac sales jumped from 18.9% year-over-year to hit 5.8 million units shipped which is equivalent to 7.1% share of the market. The strong results come just three months after IDC reported the Mac among the top five PC vendors worldwide for the first time ever. Before the third quarter of 2014, Apple had been a major player in the US market but had failed to break into the top-five worldwide.

    When looked at from the growth perspective, Apple was the best performing OEM for the fourth quarter followed by HP which shipped 15.9 million units over the same period of time – a 15.1% change compared to 2013. Overall, IDC saw the worldwide PC market droop 2.4% on shipments of 80.8 million units. Lenovo ended up coming in first with just over 16 million PCs shipped, accounting for 19.9% of the market up by 4.9% year-over year. HP came in second with 19.7% of the overall market. Third and fourth went to Dell and Asus which saw 10.9 million and 6.2 million shipments for 13.5% and 7.7% of the market respectively. Apple ended up finishing fifth to round up the top-five.

    Those who got hit the hardest were among the “other” category which consisted of smaller manufacturers like Asus, Samsung, Toshiba and more. These manufacturers collectively saw a 20.7% dip in shipments year-over-year. As usual, Gartner had numbers which differed slightly and didn’t even include Apple in the list of top-five PC manufacturers, instead replacing it with Asus. The competing research firm estimates Lenovo, HP and Dell to lead the worldwide market on shipments of 16.3 million, 15.8 million and 10.7 million units respectively. Acer and Asus pulled up the rear with a respective 6.8 million and 6.3 million units shipped according to Gartner. Gartner’s outlook was in the black but PC shipments held steady at a growth rate of 1% for the fourth quarter of 2014.

    The market numbers for the US market were similar among both IDC and Gartner. Both agreed that HP, Dell, Apple and Lenovo (in that order) were the top four manufacturers. IDC reported Asus as fifth whereas Toshiba took that spot on Gartner’s list instead. Overall, the domestic market proved to be positive with IDC finding a 4.7% growth rate year-over-year on 17.7 million units shipped and Gartner found a much more optimistic 13.1% on 18.1 million shipments.

    We’ll find out more information when it comes to Apple’s Mac sales this January 27 when the Cupertino California company holds its investor conference call.

    Source: Gartner, IDC via AppleInsider

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    2015-01-13 10:08 PM
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