Apple Inc. (AAPL) Leads The Pack Of PC Providers, With 15% Share Of The Dwindling PC Market, Followed By Lenovo And HPQ


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not only taking the smartphone market by storm with its iPhone series, but the company also maintains a strong grip of the shrinking PC market. The overall PC market declined 7% in the first quarter of 2015, signaling that support from Windows XP migration had run its full course.

Although the PC market is dwindling alongside tablets, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently said that it hopes to have Windows 10 in a billion devices by the end of two to three years. However, looking at the predictions for the PC market, it looks like Microsoft is too ambitious about the market because further declines are expected in the market this year with no end in sight.

Apple takes the lion’s share

As the PC market continues to shrink, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is leading the pack in terms of unit sales at the end of quarter one. The company shipped 17.2 million PCs in the first quarter, giving it 15% market share and a lead over Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), which came in second and third, respectively. During the first quarter, both Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard witnessed a single-digit uptick in their PC market share.

Samsung and Dell come at the bottom

Samsung and Dell closed the list of top-five largest PC vendors in the first quarter with combined market share of 8.2%. Samsung shipped 9.5 million PC units in quarter one and Dell shipped 9.4 million units in the quarter.

Desktop shrinking faster

In the PC category, desktop is witnessing the fastest decline, falling 13% in quarter one. The rapid shrinking of desktop sales is happening all over the world. Analysts expect continued decline in PC sales in 2015 compared to 2014.

The reason for further decline in overall PC sales this year is that the relative strength in 2014 was phenomenal, caused by the end of support of Windows XP. That means that much of the support that came from XP migration has dried. Additionally, the pending release of Windows 10 is expected to cool new PC purchases.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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