CHINESE PC MAKER Lenovo has topped Apple as leader of the global PC market, despite both firms seeing shipments sink year over year.
The latest numbers from Canalys, which include sales of desktops, notebooks and tablets, showed that Lenovo shipped just short of 16 million PCs in the second quarter of 2015, a 5.6 percent year-on-year decline, giving it a 15 percent share of the global market.
Apple saw shipments dip 11.1 percent compared with Q2 2014, selling 15.9 million units during the three-month period and giving the firm a 14.4 percent slice of the pie. iPads accounted for 70 percent of these shipments, according to the analyst outfit.
Tim Couling, senior analyst at Canalys, said: “Apple and Lenovo lead the market in their home countries of the US and China respectively. But Apple is heavily reliant on worldwide iPad shipments, which totalled 10.9 million units this quarter.
“iPads represented 70 percent of Apple’s total PC shipments in Q2, and these shipments have been falling year on year since peaking in Q4 2013.
“Lenovo controls almost 30 percent of the Chinese PC market and is steadily building its share in the US.
“With a more diverse product portfolio, Lenovo is in a stronger position than Apple to cement its lead in the market. But it is not without its own challenges, and has recently had to take steps to clear a significant build-up of PC inventory in EMEA.”
Canalys’ research reveals that the overall worldwide PC market fell 12 percent annually to 109.2 million units, with double-digit percentage declines affecting desktop, notebook and tablet shipments.
HP and Dell also saw their share of the market slip during the second quarter, the analyst firm noted, as did Samsung as “a result of slowing tablet sales and the scaling back of its participation in the notebook market”.
When tablet sales aren’t taken into consideration, Apple ranks as the world’s fifth most popular PC maker. That’s according to IDC, which last month named Lenovo, HP and Dell as the top three players.