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Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were up 5.1 percent during the second quarter of 2020, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

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Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q20 (Thousands of Units)​

Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs in Q2 2020, up from the 4.2 million shipped in Q2 2019, with shipments growing even amid the ongoing public health crisis.

Apple's market share during the quarter grew to 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. Apple's rising shipments came as the overall PC market saw growth of 2.8 percent.

Apple continues to maintain its position as the number four PC vendor in the world, trailing behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Lenovo was the top PC vendor during the quarter with 16.197 million PCs shipped and 25 percent market share, followed by HP with 16.165 million PCs shipped and 24.9 percent market share.

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Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-2Q20 (Gartner)​

Dell was the number three vendor 10.65 million PCs shipped and 16.4 percent market share, but Dell was the only one of the major vendors to see a drop in shipments. Acer shipped 4 million PCs and ASUS shipped 3.6 million PCs, with both vendors trailing Apple.

Apple also saw Mac shipment growth in the United States, shipping 2 million Macs in Q2 2020, up from 1.9 million in Q2 2019 for 4.3 percent growth. Apple also continues to be the number four vendor in the United States, coming in after HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Overall U.S. PC shipments were also up 4.6 percent year over year.

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Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q20(Thousands of Units)

According to Gartner, PC shipment growth during the quarter was driven by purchases necessary for working from home and online education. The upward tick in shipments is not expected to continue.
"Additionally, mobile PC growth was particularly strong, driven by several factors including business continuity for remote working, online education and consumers' entertainment needs. However, this uptick in mobile PC demand will not continue beyond 2020, as shipments were mainly boosted by short-term business needs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."
IDC also released its own PC shipment estimates this afternoon, and its estimations are wildly different. IDC's data suggests Apple shipped 5.6 million Macs during Q2 2020, up 36 percent from the 4.1 million estimated to have shipped in Q2 2019.

IDC believes that the overall worldwide PC market saw 11.2 percent growth with 72.3 million total PCs shipped, while Gartner believes there were 64.8 million total PCs shipped during the quarter.

It's important to note that data from Gartner and IDC is estimated and not reflective of Apple's actual sales, which accounts for the large discrepancy in estimated shipments.

In the past, we were able to check estimated shipment data when Apple provided quarterly earnings releases with actual Mac sales information, but Apple no longer breaks out unit sales for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, which makes it impossible to know precise sales numbers.

Article Link: Apple's Worldwide Mac Shipments Up in Q2 2020 Amid Overall PC Market Growth
 

konqerror

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More interested in why Dell is down, what did they do?

COVID caused people without laptops to go to stores and buy them, whereas companies who were shut down cancelled and delayed corporate refreshes.

Dell doesn't have much of a retail presence, they're more focused on corporate, followed by direct online sales. People didn't want to wait 2-3 weeks to get things shipped.

Same thing happend to Lenovo in the US (whereas Lenovo has a bigger retail presence in China/Asia). People like ThinkPads, but my Best Buy shows exactly 1 low-end ThinkPad in their store.

In contrast, HP is the master of unloading cheap consumer junk. They're the primary brand of Wal-Mart, for example. Most of the computers in Costco seem to be HPs. That's why their sales surged.
 
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Catman8976

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COVID caused people without laptops to go to stores and buy them, whereas companies who were shut down cancelled and delayed corporate refreshes.

Dell doesn't have much of a retail presence, they're more focused on corporate, followed by direct online sales. People didn't want to wait 2-3 weeks to get things shipped.

Same thing happend to Lenovo in the US (whereas Lenovo has a bigger retail presence in China/Asia). People like ThinkPads, but my Best Buy shows exactly 1 low-end ThinkPad in their store.

In contrast, HP is the master of unloading cheap consumer junk. They're the primary brand of Wal-Mart, for example. Most of the computers in Costco seem to be HPs. That's why their sales surged.
I can agree with that especially on HPs (all the ones I own either don't work or have some kind of problem).
 
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a m u n

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If you compare the price of a Mac with the price from Lenovo, HP, and Dell, Apple has a great market share.

You can buy easily an HP laptop at $249 for example.
 
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coldwaves

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COVID caused people without laptops to go to stores and buy them, whereas companies who were shut down cancelled and delayed corporate refreshes.

Dell doesn't have much of a retail presence, they're more focused on corporate, followed by direct online sales. People didn't want to wait 2-3 weeks to get things shipped.

Same thing happend to Lenovo in the US (whereas Lenovo has a bigger retail presence in China/Asia). People like ThinkPads, but my Best Buy shows exactly 1 low-end ThinkPad in their store.

In contrast, HP is the master of unloading cheap consumer junk. They're the primary brand of Wal-Mart, for example. Most of the computers in Costco seem to be HPs. That's why their sales surged.

Great point. Dell seems to be doing lots of enterprise sales. In my working place, almost all desktops and laptops are Dell. I have also seen some Lenovo but it is not as common. I hardly see any HP. Macs mostly exist as personal computer rather than corporate purchase. In contrast, retail store show rooms have lots of HPs. As you point out, the changes in market share might reflect the different sales strategy and market niche during the pandemic.
 
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femike

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I would like to see mac sales/proportion figures excluding the US as most mac sales are significantly more in the US.
 
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Mr. Dee

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I have certainly that my next computer purchase will also be a Mac. I am no longer supporting Windows and Microsoft technologies, so, there really is little need for me to own another Windows device going forward. I use an iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, might as well continue on that path.
 
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ksec

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I hope Apple grows their Mac user base and unit shipment volume with some lower priced ARM Mac.
 
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PickUrPoison

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If you compare the price of a Mac with the price from Lenovo, HP, and Dell, Apple has a great market share.

You can buy easily an HP laptop at $249 for example.
Yup. I’d love to know what Apple’s share of premium (over say $750 or $1,000) desktops and/or laptops are.

Lumping $300 disposable laptops in with Macs makes as much sense as grouping $10 fitness bands in with Apple Watch. Or HomePod in with those $19 Google home or Amazon Echo online hot mics. Or $30 tablets with iPad.

It does kind of make me wonder what the market share of golf carts and riding mowers are compared to Honda Civics and BMW M8s
 
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mi7chy

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Still incomplete picture without covering build-your-own PCs, hackintoshes, etc. Not everyone buys branded cookie cutter PCs.
 
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