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PC market in the U.S. - statistics & facts

Personal computers (PCs) are small, multi-purpose devices, intended for use by individuals. Before the development of the PC, computers were significantly larger and intended for use by large organizations. The term PC was first applied as early as 1972 to the Xerox PARC's Alto, but this later developed to specifically mean a desktop microcomputer compatible with IBM's PC products. Such was the influence of IBM that only Apple Macintosh (Mac) products were able to compete for a share of the microcomputer market after the 1980s, without compatibility with the IBM PC.

U.S. PC market

When looking solely at PC shipments in the U.S., over 80 million PCs were shipped in 2021, with over 20 million units shipped in the last quarter of the year alone. The U.S. PC market includes several types, ranging from stationary products like workstations and desktops, to portable or mobile products like laptops, notebooks, netbooks, and tablets. In 2022, it is forecast that over 50 million mobile PC units are to be shipped in the U.S., whilst desktop PC shipments will reach 15 million units in the same year.

Leading PC vendors in the U.S.

The market leaders in the U.S. PC market are Dell and HP Inc., with the two companies occupying a combined share of more than 50 percent of the market, while Lenovo and Apple sit third and fourth, respectively. As well as differences between the hardware available, the operating systems on the devices similarly vary, with Microsoft Windows being the most widely used computer operating system in the U.S., accounting for around 55 percent of the market and Apple’s macOS accounting for around a quarter.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 28 most important statistics relating to "PC market in the U.S.".

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