Apple is the No. 3 seller of PCs in the United States.
Apple owns 8.1 percent of the PC market, according to the latest quarterly PC shipment report, released Oct. 17 by Gartner. Apple trails Dell, which has 29.1 percent of the market, and Hewlett-Packard, at 25.7 percent, but is ahead of Toshiba and Gateway. A similar report by Gartner rival IDC found Apple to own 6.3 percent of the U.S. market, but still put the company at No. 3.
Apple's PC shipments rose 1,338,000 units in the third quarter of 2007, up 37.2 percent from the previous year. This increase of more than eight times the industry growth rate, according to Gartner, seems to validate Apple's decision to focus on notebooks and the education market. IDC's report gave Apple's third-quarter U.S. shipment total as 1,130,000 units.