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Amid a decline of 4.6 percent in worldwide PC sales, Apple's Mac sales were also down 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to new PC shipment estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

Apple shipped an estimated 3.98 million Macs during the quarter, down from 4.08 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple's market share grew year-over-year though, coming in at 6.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent in Q1 2018.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q19 (Thousands of Units)

Apple continues to be ranked as the number four PC vendor worldwide, coming in after Lenovo, HP, and Dell, but ahead of Asus and Acer. Apple also held the number four spot in the year-ago quarter.

Lenovo, HP, and Dell all saw shipments grow or remain steady, while Asus and Acer, like Apple, experienced declines. Lenovo, the number one worldwide PC vendor during the quarter, shipped 13.2 million PCs for 22.5 percent market share, while HP, a close second, shipped 12.8 million PCs for 21.9 percent market share.

Dell came in third with close to 10 million PCs shipped and 17.6 percent market share, while Asus and Acer brought up the rear with 3.6 and 3.2 million PC shipments, respectively.

Overall, there were an estimated 58.5 million PCs shipped in Q1 2019, down from 61.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple's U.S. Mac shipments also declined, with Apple shipping an estimated 1.44 million Macs during the quarter, a 3.5 percent decline from the 1.5 million Macs it shipped in Q1 2018. Apple is ranked as the number four vendor in the United States, trailing behind HP, Dell, and Lenovo, but beating out Microsoft.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q19 (Thousands of Units)

HP was the top U.S. PC vendor with 3.24 million PC shipments, followed by Dell with 3.16 million and Lenovo with 1.5 million. The overall PC market in the United States saw a 6.3 percent decline compared to Q1 2018, with a total of 11 million PCs shipped.

Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q19 (Gartner)

IDC also released its shipment estimates this afternoon, and is often the case, IDC's shipping estimates are different than Gartner's due to the variations in the way each firm makes shipment calculations.

IDC also suggests that overall worldwide PC shipments declined, but by just 3 percent with a total of 58.48 million PCs shipped during the quarter.

Apple is also the number four worldwide PC vendor in IDC's estimates, with IDC suggesting Apple shipped an estimated 4.058 million Macs during the quarter, a mere 0.5 percent drop from the 4.078 million Macs shipped in the year-ago quarter.

Data from Gartner and IDC is based on estimates, and while Apple used to provide specific breakdowns of Mac sales, the company is no longer doing so and there will be no way to confirm shipment estimates going forward.

These new numbers follow refreshes of both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air lineups, both of which were overhauled in October 2018, but come prior to the launch of updated iMacs. Apple this year has several additional Mac updates on the horizon, including a new high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro.

Apple's Mac sales could potentially be suffering due to the negative publicity surrounding the butterfly keyboard issues in the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, a problem that has become increasingly visible due to its impact on even the newest Mac notebooks.

Article Link: Mac Shipments Down in Q1 2019 Amid Worldwide PC Decline


macrumors 68030
Oct 14, 2011
I haven’t shopped for a PC for the longest time. What makes Lenovo good here on the worldwide chart, just cheap systems?


macrumors 65816
Aug 30, 2006
Considering the ever increasing prices and some other issues those are quite good figures for Apple.
These aren't the numbers that will make them change course.
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macrumors 6502
Aug 8, 2011
Interesting that Microsoft had the smallest decline in the US. While the I/O is dated, the form factors for the Surface Pro and the Surface Book are very appealing. I see a lot more of them lately and our company has now standardized on them.

I wonder if the complaints (in the tech press and here) about the current MBPs, such as keyboard reliability and the usefulness of the Touch Bar, reach the general public. Probably not.
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macrumors 68030
Jan 9, 2011
I blame SSD's and lack of CPU/Battery progression.

For desktop users, there has been little reason to upgrade over the last decade provided your computer has an SSD. For the majority of the population, even a 1st gen i7 CPU has enough power to run word, browse facebook or watch a youtube video (as long as you have a decent enough GPU)

Laptop sales weren't affected as much. While new processors offered incremental raw performance increases, they did offer significantly reduced power consumption, which means longer run times and less heat, which also means less cooling needed which made for thinner and lighter laptops.

Fast forward to today and we have very marginal performance gains as well as power consumption reduction. Combine that with Apple's asking price and it's no shocker that sales are dropping.
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