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Apple overtakes Acer, gets 10.6% US computer market share

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed October 13, 2010

IDC: Apple outsold Acer in summer 2010

Apple achieved a rare feat and outsold Acer in the US this summer, new IDC estimates showed today. The company is estimated to have shipped almost exactly 2 million Macs just to the US in the quarter, beating out the combined Acer and Gateway's 1.95 million. Apple grew more than twice as quickly as any other US vendor, reaching 10.6 percent of the market after it shipped about 24.1 percent more Macs over the same time last year.

Acer's 10.3 percent was a rare decline for the Taiwan PC builder and represented its backlog of unsold inventory as it overestimated demand for its mostly low-end notebooks and netbooks. HP and Dell also lost share despite holding on to the top two spots at 24.3 percent and 23.1 percent, while Toshiba's growth rate hasn't been enough to keep up with Apple and left it in fifth place at 8.4 percent.

The iPad had definite impact on the US market as a whole, IDC VP Bob O'Donnell said: it not only had "some negative impact" on netbooks by leading buyers away but created a halo effect around the Mac.

Worldwide, Apple wasn't enough to register in the top five during the summer, but top three system makers HP, Acer and Dell all lost share, dropping to 17.7 percent, 13 percent and 12.5 percent each. The fastest movers were China-focused Lenovo (10.3 percent) and ASUS (5.4 percent) while Toshiba only advanced slightly to 5.2 percent.

The figures put the average growth of the entire PC field at a relatively modest 10.5 percent and were especially condemning of the US market, which only grew 3.8 percent. IDC didn't have an explanation for the unusual slump besides slow back-to-school sales and "consumer fatigue," though the American economy saw a possible relapse. The US is also the primary home of the iPad and may have seen the deepest impact on netbooks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So much for

    forever languishing at 3% US ...

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes, But ...

    ... as Acer's Stan Shi* points out, that's only if you count *ALL* the Macs that Apple sold.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stan Shi's

    an idiot--

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hammer, that is just US

    worldwide was a different matter, and Apple sold more than 2 million macs world-wide in that quarter. We have to wait until next monday I think it is for the full report from Apple on world-wide info.

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