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Apple’s Mac has 6.7% of the global personal computer market (or maybe 7.7%)

Worldwide PC — as in “personal computer,” not just Wintel systems — shipments totaled 64.8 million units in the second quarter of 2020, a 2.8% increase from the second quarter of 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.  And it was good news for Apple’s Mac.

When it comes to global PC sales, Mac sales increased by 5.1% year-over-year on sales of 5.1 million units. This gives Apple 6.7% of the global PC market, up from 6.6% a year-ago.

In the second quarter of 2020, Lenovo and HP shared the number one position in the worldwide PC market, owing to HP’s strong growth in the quarter. They accounted for half of PC shipments in the second quarter of 2020, up from 46.6% in the second quarter of 2019.

When it comes to the US, Apple placed fourth among PC makers with 13% of the market on sales of 4.3 million Macs. That compared to 2 million in the year-ago quarter. In the top three US spots are HP (32.8% market share), Dell (26.1%), and Lenovo (15.6%).

That’s Gartner’s take. Another research group, IDC says global shipments grew 11.2% year-over-year in quarter two, reaching a total of 72.3 million units. IDC says that, globally, the Mac has 7.7% of the PC market on sales of 5.6 units. The compares to 6.3% marketshare in the second quarter of 2019. 

Note that neither Gartner nor IDC include iPads in their tally of personal computers (though they do count Microsoft Surfaces). If they did, Apple’s marketshare would increase considerably.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.