According to Gartner’s research, the U.S. saw an increase in PC shipments from Apple and Dell in the second quarter. However, overall shipments declined in the country due to component shortages.
Apple, the Mac manufacturer, jumped to No. The U.S. market share for PCs fell to No. 3 after Lenovo dropped to No. No. 4 was in the market, while No. 2 Dell was within a percentage point from No. The research firm reported that 1 HP Inc. was No. 2 for the second quarter.
Gartner reported that Apple saw U.S. sales increase by 4.4 percent in the second quarter, year-over-year. In April, Apple unveiled a redesigned iMac desktop with the M1 processor. Recent reports indicate strong demand for the M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
Apple’s 16.1 percent market share grew during the second quarter. This was more than Lenovo’s 13.8 percent share. According to Gartner, Lenovo’s U.S. shipment fell 9.2 percent.
Dell came in just short of HP Inc., with Dell’s shipments increasing 2.3 percent to a market share of 27.7 percent. Gartner reported that HP’s quarter market share was 28.4 %, while U.S. shipment dropped 13.5 percent.
Gartner’s figures on PC shipments do not include Chromebooks and Apple iPads.
Here are Gartner’s U.S. PC market share figures for the second quarter of 2021
- HP Inc.: Market share of 28.4 percent, down from 31.6 percent a year ago
- Dell: Market share of 27.7 percent, an increase from 26.1 percent a year ago
- Apple has a 16.1% market share, an increase of 14.8 percent from a year ago.
- Lenovo: 13.8 percent market share, down from 14.6% a year ago
- Microsoft: Market share of 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent a year ago
Overall, U.S. PC shipment fell by 3.7 percent in Q2, a sharp reverse from the 24.1-percent market growth during the first quarter.
Gartner stated that the drop in sales was “primarily” due to component shortages.
Mikako Kitagawa (Gartner’s research director) stated in a press release that “the global semiconductor shortage and subsequent component supply restrictions have extended lead time for some Enterprise Mobile PC models to as long as 120 days.”
Gartner stated that Apple was able to benefit from its strengths in consumer PCs. In addition, Gartner stated in a news release that the consumer market was less affected by shortages than enterprise markets because vendors are more flexible in designing consumer models. This allows for workarounds to certain supply constraints.
According to Kitagawa, component problems have led to higher prices which vendors have passed on.
She stated that “moving forward, rising prices could continue slowing PC demand for the next 6-12 months.”
After IDC published global PC figures on Monday and pointed out “early indicators that consumer demand slowing down, ” Dell (and HP) shares fell by several percentage points. The stock price of HP closed at $29.21 per share, down 2.76 percent, while that of Dell fell 3.11 percent to close with $97.13.