However, Gartner shows Apple actually having a 7.4 percent growth in the quarter. It says sales jumped from 1.53 million in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.65 million in the same quarter in 2013, giving it an 11.6 percent market share and nearly 250,000 more unit shipments than IDC reported.
Reasoning behind the global fall of PC shipments suggested that tablets, smartphones, and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 might have been what did the damage. Tablets are proving able to directly compete with PCs, and could be dragging on PC sales — they are even expected to surpass PCs in shipments in the coming years. Smartphones are also giving consumers PC-alternatives for their computing needs. The problem with Windows 8 is that it’s unfamiliar, and many people aren’t ready to make the switch, especially considering its touchscreen optimization — consumers may see a need to have a touchscreen device in order to move on to Windows 8, and the prices of those devices might have them shying away.
Though the reports look good for Lenovo in the U.S. — and Gartner’s looks good for Apple as well — the worldwide trend is still downward, and there are no hints that the PC market might be able to slip out of that trend anytime soon.