Apple's U.S. Mac Shipments Fall 7.5% as Overall PC Market Plunges 14% Year-Over-Year [Updated]

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    Research firm IDC today released its preliminary calculations of PC shipments for the first quarter of 2013, finding the worst year-over-year performance in the nearly 20-year history of its tracking studies. According to IDC's numbers, the worldwide PC market declined nearly 14% compared to the first quarter of 2012, with the U.S. market declining by nearly 13%.
    While Apple's performance was far from stellar, the company did outperform the market by showing only a 7.5% decline in shipments in the United States. Apple's performance allowed it increase its third-place share of the U.S. market from 9.4% to 10.0% as leaders HP and Dell saw significant declines, but a smaller decline from Toshiba and strong growth from Lenovo placed those vendors close behind Apple.

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    IDC's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q13 (Thousands of Units)
    Apple does not rank on IDC's list of top five vendors on a worldwide basis, with Asus holding down the bottom spot at 5.7% of the market. Lenovo was, however, the only one of the top five worldwide vendors to avoid major declines in PC shipments, managing to hold steady amid the declining market.

    Update: Gartner has released its own data showing a similar picture for the PC market as a whole, estimating an 11.2% year-over-year decline for the worldwide market and a 9.6% decline in the United States.

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    Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q13 (Thousands of Units)
    Gartner's numbers for Apple in the United States, however, show a completely different story, with Apple's shipments estimated to have risen by 7.4% compared to IDC's estimate of a 7.5% decline.

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    Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q13 (Gartner)

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  2. JAT
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    Remember when people were worried about net books taking over the world? Tablets are succeeding.
     
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    The market share percentages tell their own story: Apple, Toshiba, and Lenovo up, HP and Dell down.
     
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    Apple needs to become :apple: again.
     
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    I said tablets and smartphones would start taking over, many people just need basic access to the internet for banking and shopping, which can be done on a phone.

    But that being said I love my new 27" iMac! :D
     
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    Surprising they didn't fall the most. Highest prices around.
     
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    My Late 2007 MacBook is now on its last legs. I does not even have a battery right now! The microphone and wireless issues point to worn cables from the chassis to the display. Haswell is what keeps my credit card in my wallet.

    My desktop still chugs along with a late 2009 Lynnfield based Core i5 750. I would love to replace it too but my notebook takes priority. The lack of SATA III and USB 3.0 are the only annoyances on the desktop front. It handles games rather well.
     
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    People are not refreshing computers like they used to. Where I work it has gone from a 3 year refresh, to a 4, and now 5 year refresh.

    We are also starting to implement VDI where it makes sense and this will really start to eat into computer sales.

    The days of swapping out that old workstation every 2 to 3 years are gone.
     
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    The 7.5% reduction in Apple shipments isn't concerning considering the iPad and iPad Mini are likely responsible for most of that drop as well.

    I'm sure they aren't all that concerned.

    HP on the other hand...:eek:
     
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    If the news about an all-new Mac Pro coming out this month or next are correct, the timing couldn't be more perfect.
     
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    Exactly. It used to be that people would buy a new PC every 3-4 years. Now tablets get thrown into the mix.

    So maybe people bought a PC... then a few years later they buy a tablet... then a PC again... etc.

    The PC will never be totally dead though... over 14 million PC were sold in the US last quarter... or almost 160,000 every day.

    Somebody is still buying them :)
     
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    It'd be interesting to compare the same manufacturers shipments for tablets. I'm sure we'd see Apple gain more than these companies. However, I don't know if Apple would lead the market share in tablets. It's like HP and Lenovo are losing the PC industry to companies like Asus/Google and Samsung who has embraced the tablet/smartphone industry while Apple smoothly moves away from the PC industry and into the smartphone/tablet industry. Steve Jobs knew this would happen if he convinced enough people.
     
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    Mac. Pro.
     
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    Not to mention the delay in refreshing their iMac lineup due to yield issues.
     
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    That's because Lenovo laptops are being used more and more in the enterprise environment..
     
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    The Jobs aura is wearing off. Tim Cook just hasn't got it. :(
     
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    Apple isn't that interested in the Macintosh since the iPad/iPhone success.
    From a business perspective I understand this and I wasn't worried, because growth rates of 25% and more on Macintosh sales were in my opinion enough that Apple doesn't lose interest, but now I am not that confident.

    I hope this is not the decade in which the Macintosh dies.

    PS: In my opinion a company like Apple should be able to focus on all their products that means, a new Mac Pro every year and maintenance of their office suit every 2 years should be possible.
    No new Mac Pro and iWorks is not a sign of limited time or limited resources, but it is a sign of lacking interest, because both are not the places where the money sits.
     
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    I wouldn't say taking over, I'd say increased length between computer purchases. Several years ago, the idea of a computer lasting 5 years was ludicrous. Today, it's a bit more palatable, especially when an SSD and 8GB RAM upgrade can make a computer act like brand new.
     
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    Lenovo's the only one on the list that actually shipped more units. I wouldn't be surprised if business use was the reason why.
     
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    My desktop is still around due to a SSD and video card upgrades.
     
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    Cook is responsible for industry-wide decline in PC shipments?

    He is responsible for a decline in Mac sales due to too many people buying iPads?

    OK. :rolleyes:
     
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    Understandable, but when they were "" the company was hardly taken seriously.
     
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    Macs are always overpriced and outdated. They clearly don't care about them anymore.
     
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    A tablet is nice for reading in the bed or on the couch, but for working all day every day... you gotta be kidding me. How can you give up your 27" display, a physical keyboard and a proper mouse? That said, I'm a hardcore developer working with PDF, DOC, images, while doing photography as a hobby. I don't see myself giving up real computers, unless some sort of a direct brain interface is developed.

    What happens is that for basic computer use a yearly upgrade is not necessary. Even I upgrade every 3 years or so, even though I'm running 10 virtual machines and shoot 36 megapixel images. The average person doesn't have to upgrade at all anymore. Unless they're still running Windows XP, which slows down completely after 2 years of use.
     
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    Problem with your post is that it's purely for selfish reasons. I don't personally see Apple shying away from the Macintosh, I haven't seen one iota of this as of yet. Not focusing heavily on certain products very often such as the Mac Pro isn't indicative of this. They certainly put forth quite a bit of effort in the iMac, Macbooks and OS X. The Office suite only needs refreshing every 4 years as Microsoft does. Portable electronics such as the iPhone and iPad are constantly "one-uped" from competitors whereas the computers are generally not so they have to appear to be putting forth more efforts on what the people want.
    But think about it from a business standpoint, if you headed off this publicly traded company you would do the same as you claim them to be doing. Put forth much efforts towards what sells, because sales are the bottom line, not serving the niche customers.
     

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