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.