According to the latest report by Gartner, Apple is now the number three PC vendor in the United States. HP and Dell are in the number one and two spots with a respectable lead, but the year-over-year data suggests that it won’t be long before Apple overtakes them. From quarter four of 2010 to 2011, HP saw a significant 26% drop in shipments. This was likely due to spooking customers with their decision to kill off the TouchPad and possibly their entire PC business. Dell took a 4.5% hit in sales, and both Toshiba and Acer saw similar drops.
Apple, on the other hand, managed to boost shipments by a massive 20.7% in Q4 2011, bringing their marketshare up to 9%. Since Apple has such a strangle hold on flash storage and components manufacturers, competitors are having a hard time matching Apple’s prices. The company used to be known for expensive PCs, but the tides are slowly turning—and the customers are reaping the benefits.