Apple is leading the global PC market – including PCs, laptops, netbooks and tablets – with 14 percent share in the second quarter of 2014, though its shipments dropped 5 percent. Lenovo is very close to Apple, said Canalys.
Apple Mac shipments rose 10 percent in the second quarter.
Globally, PC shipments rose 14 percent to 123.9 million.
Lenovo, the second largest player, achieved 20 percent growth in PC shipments. Lenovo market share is just below 14 percent — some 780,000 units behind Apple.
HP shipments rose 11 percent, while Dell shipments grew 14 percent, said Canalys.
Tablet shipments fell approximately 5 percent sequentially to 48.4 million units, as Apple and Samsung suffered shipment declines.
Apple shipped just under 13.3 million iPads.
Samsung shipped just under 8.9 million tablets.
Apple and Samsung continue to account for 46 percent of global tablet shipments.
“Pricing remains Apple’s biggest barrier to growth and essentially locks it out of a number of markets,” said Canalys Research Analyst Rushabh Doshi.
Samsung is fighting battles on all fronts as it attempts to compete in a range of market segments.
With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since Q3 2013.
Chromebooks are gaining traction, with increasing demand from consumers and education, especially in the US. Intel’s Atom-based Bay Trail platform and the falling price of touch-screens are driving down the cost of consumer notebooks.
The report said consumers can expect price cuts in the second half of 2014 as Microsoft responds to the threat from Google. It has dropped licensing costs on small form-factor tablets and announced Windows with Bing, which will provide Windows for free on low-cost notebooks.