The latest data from IDC points to Apple shipping 5.77 million Macs in Q4 2017 thereby posting a 7.3 percent growth in its shipments. The company’s market share increased from 7.7 percent in Q4 2016 to Q4 2017.
Despite the increase in shipments though, Apple remained the fourth largest PC vendor worldwide. HP topped the list with 16.5 million units shipped and a 23.5 percent market share. It specifically did well in the United States where it now commands 34 percent of the total market share. Lenovo came in second with its shipments totaling 15.7 million and a market share of 22.2 percent. Apple’s growth in shipment was only overshadowed by HP which posted an 8.3 percent growth in its shipment on a YoY basis.
For the calendar year 2017, Apple is estimated to have shipped 19.6 million Macs for a total market share of 7.6 percent. This is 5.9 percent higher than the 18.5 million Macs it shipped in 2016. The company came in fourth behind HP, Lenovo, and Dell, though it was ahead of Acer and Asus.
Apple saw a noticeable improvement in its Mac shipments in the last quarter of the year due to the attractive deals and discounts it offered during the holiday season. However, the U.S PC market continues to face stiff competition from smartphones and other handheld devices which are eating into its market share. The overall growth of 0.7 percent posted by the PC market can also be attributed to the demand from enterprise sector rather than an increase in consumer demand.