Apple's Mac Shipments Increase in Q2 2018 as PC Market Sees First Growth in 6 Years [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's worldwide Mac shipments grew 3 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the year-ago quarter, according to new preliminary PC shipping estimates shared today by Gartner.

    During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs, compared to 4.26 million in the second quarter of 2017. Apple's market share also saw slight growth, improving from 7 percent in Q2 2017 to 7.1 percent in Q2 2018.

    Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q18 (Thousands of Units)​

    Apple's improved Mac sales come amid an overall increase in worldwide PC shipments, the first growth that's been seen in the last six years. Worldwide PC shipments totaled an estimated 62.1 million units in Q2 2018, up from 61.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

    Though Apple saw sales growth in Q2 2018, the company was ranked the number four PC vendor in the world, coming in behind Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Lenovo was the number one vendor with 13.6 million PCs shipped, followed by HP with just under 13.6 million and Dell with 10.5 million. Acer Group, the number five worldwide PC vendor, shipped 4 million PCs during the quarter.

    Lenovo and HP are tied for 21.9 percent market share, followed by Dell at 16.8 percent and Apple, as previously mentioned, at 7.1 percent. All of the top five worldwide PC vendors saw shipment growth in Q2 2018 compared to last year.
    Apple saw less growth in the United States, shipping an estimated 1.84 million Macs, up from 1.81 in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 1.7 percent. Apple was also the number four vendor in the U.S., coming in behind HP (#1), Dell (#2), and Lenovo (#3). Apple holds 12.7 percent of the PC market in the United States, compared to 14.9 percent for Lenovo, 28.6 percent for Dell, and 29.3 percent for HP.

    Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q18 (Thousands of Units)

    Almost all top vendors in the U.S. saw shipment growth, with the exception of HP, which saw shipments fall 0.6 percent. Acer Group had the best quarter in the United states with 25.7 percent growth. Overall U.S. shipments were up 1.7 percent, with a total of 14.5 million PCs shipped during the quarter, compared to 14.3 million in Q2 2017.

    Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-2Q18 (Gartner)

    It's important to note that data from Gartner is preliminary, and that the numbers can shift, sometimes dramatically and sometimes less so. Last year, for example, Gartner estimated Q2 2017 worldwide Mac shipments at 4.236 million when the actual number was 4.266 million.

    Apple's Mac sales could grow significantly next quarter and through the end of 2018. Apple today introduced new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with improved processors, more maximum RAM, higher-capacity SSDs, True Tone displays, and more.

    The rest of Apple's Mac lineup, including iMacs, MacBooks, and the Mac mini, is also expected to get a refresh before the end of 2018.

    Update: IDC also released its Q2 2018 worldwide PC estimates, suggesting Apple shipped 4.308 million Macs, compared to 4.303 million in the year-ago quarter for growth of just 0.1 percent. IDC also ranked Apple as the number four worldwide vendor and according to IDC's estimates, worldwide PC shipments were up 2.7 percent overall.

    Article Link: Apple's Mac Shipments Increase in Q2 2018 as PC Market Sees First Growth in 6 Years [Updated]
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    Apple's Faulty Keyboard Shipments increase...
  3. vegetassj4 macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2014
    More incentive to not increase QC on Mac or MacOS....
  4. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Imagine Apple’s market share if their machines were just 10% more affordable. But then Apple would be left with a measly 30% profit. Wall St. can’t be having that now, can they. After all, look what happened the bankers after the bailout—champagne for all!
  5. some_random_guy macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    As usual Macrumor's giving great emphasis on the Mac. But the reality, considering data is right, is clearly shown in the figures.

    Lenovo 20.1% -> 21.9%
    HP 20.9% -> 21.9%
    Dell 15.6% -> 16.8%
    Apple 7.0% -> 7.1%

    Dell and Lenovo are gaining a lot more traction (9.5% and 6.1% growth respectively compared to Apple's 3.0%)
  6. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    I'll be adding to the Q3 - big hopes for the 2018 MBP!
  7. donster28, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

    donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Let's stop it with the faulty keyboard scenario already. Not most people are being affected. It is overrated and was started by a Mac hater that quickly escalated and supported by more Mac haters. Now don't quote me on that...;)
  8. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    watch this one metric go to their benignly neglectful high horse
  9. TimmeyCook, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

    TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Or the name of this site rightly says "mac".

    Are you saying that MacRumors are Apple fanboys?

    The guys that come first with Apple news, weather it is good or bad (e.g. bendgate)

    Yeah... so what?

    Lenovo, HP, Dell, etc. have largely undifferentiated products, they all run Windows, there's nothing on HP that Dell can't have (e.g.).

    People buy those products based on bang for buck, one company can pass the other easily by giving more "bang for buck", and I'm not talking about giving "bang for buck" to the end users, but to the ones that really control the game: the retailers.


    Apple has their retail network.
    Apple has their macOS.
    Apple has their iMessage.

    And soon Apple will have their own CPU's and GPU's like they do on the iPhone 8 onwards. Mark my word.

    Also, Gartner counts Chromebooks as PC's.

    But for some reason, they don't count iPads as PC's.

    How can a $1000 iPad not be considered a "PC", while a $200 Chromebook be considered one?

    Either you like it or not, people buy them to do the same tasks.

    Wall Street is dumb.

    Sooner or later the bubble will burst.

    And boy that Amazon P/E of 226 and Alphabet P/E of 50 and Microsoft P/E of 70 will be sooooooo sweet.
  10. No. 44 macrumors member

    No. 44

    Oct 29, 2016
    Electric Larryland
    It's great that Apple is using better processors, but they need to get back to making better keyboards.
  11. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    Well the growth those other companies are experiencing is because they are still committed to the PC and investing in new PC products. Apple's Mac business is more of a sideline business to them and phones and tablets are their main focus. Apple is selling mainly on brand name and to a loyal user base. No company that "cares" about their PC business has products available today that have not been updated since 2013.
  12. TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Does anybody make keyboard with 4 years of warranty?

    Because nobody can want an Apple computer besides being a blind fanboy, is that it?
  13. TobyR macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2006
    I remember when Jobs said Apple would be happy at 5%.
  14. No. 44 macrumors member

    No. 44

    Oct 29, 2016
    Electric Larryland
    No, because nobody else makes a keyboard that can be completely crippled by a speck of dust...
  15. TimmeyCook, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

    TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Gosh, people believe that...

    There are billions of specks of dust in air everywhere.

    If that's true, why aren't all MacBooks and MBP's broken?

    And why it's appearing only now? Apple has been using that keyboard since 2014 I believe, and nobody complained about it before recent years.
  16. MhzDoesMatter, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018

    MhzDoesMatter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Who cares?

    Edit: didn't mean for that to sound a childish as it did... But I'm struggling to find a better way to ask it.
  17. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Based on the chart, he'd be happy.:) Well, he would be... 'cept for, uh, you know.
  18. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    Imagine if Apple actually had new and exciting machines more often than every 2 or 3 (or 5 years as is the case for the Mac Pro)?
  19. gertruded macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Northwestern Illinois
    The sales numbers are staring to show Apple's lack of interest in their Mac line. Remember: Without a Mac, many people would not buy an iPhone.

    The 5 year neglect of their Mac line is a great stategic mistake for Apple.
  20. Dorje Sylas macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    1Q12 and 1Q15

    The last two years that Apple actually made good computers.
  21. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    You would think by no, after all of these years, Macs would have cracked 10% market share but I bet its' more like 20% if you remove Enterprise/SMB/GOV Sales from the equation. they sell a ton of computers to home users.
  22. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    4 million Mac buyers bought 50 million iPhones? Wow!
  23. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    Not sure where you put that together. Most iPhone owners have never even considered purchasing a Mac.
  24. Chloros macrumors regular


    May 4, 2016
    Apple fans are the best.....even with faulty keyboards. Even the sheep are impressed.
  25. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Who the hell is buying these old crappy computers???

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