Gartner: Apple becomes third-biggest U.S. PC vendor

— 5:11 PM on July 17, 2008

Apple wasn't twiddling its thumbs this past quarter. Research firms Gartner and IDC have both released preliminary market data for desktops, laptops, and x86 servers, and as PC Magazine reports, one of them says Apple is now the third-biggest "PC" vendor in the U.S.

By Gartner's count, Apple comfortably snatched third place away from Acer, with a 65,000-unit lead. However, IDC claims Apple didn't quite make third place, getting out-shipped by Acer by just 2,200 units. The two research firms peg Apple's U.S. market share at 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively, although they both agree the Mac maker failed to make even fifth place on the global stage.

At the top of the podium, Dell maintained its position with a 32% U.S. market share, while HP was in second place with around 25% of shipments. Worldwide, the two PC giants' positions were reversed as usual, with HP nabbing 18.9% of the market and Dell securing 16.4%, according to IDC.

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