Apple Vs. Lenovo
After Apple surpassed Lenovo in U.S. market position in the third quarter to become the No. 3 player, Apple remained there in the fourth quarter. In fact, Apple widened its lead as Lenovo lost ground. According to Gartner, Apple achieved a U.S. PC market share of 13 percent in the fourth quarter, while Lenovo's share of the market was 11.8 percent. By comparison, the gap between the two companies was much closer in the third quarter, with Apple capturing 12.8 percent of the market and Lenovo getting 12.2 percent.
Both companies saw U.S. PC shipments decline during the fourth quarter, though Apple was only down by 1.6 percent from the same period a year earlier. By contrast, Lenovo's U.S. PC shipments plunged 23.6 percent during the fourth quarter on a year-over-year basis.