Mac Shipments Down in Q1 2019 Amid Worldwide PC Decline

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

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  2. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Amid (still) dysfunctional keyboards, lack of innovation other than making them thinner, increasing quality of windows competition.
  3. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    It's priced beyond reach for most who expect a decent configuration..
  4. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
    No wonder. Every action has a reaction.

    From now on, it's only gonna get worse, not better. But Mac has already been marginalized since a while ago, so, to Apple this is not that worrying...
  5. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    Apple stock is going up, Mac sales just a little bit weaker... one would say everything is fine with the current state of Mac. What a lovely illusion.
  6. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017
    People want a working keyboard. And reasonably priced storage options.

    5,400 rpm in a 2019 iMac is simply ridiculous.
  7. madsci954 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?
  8. themovieposterguy macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2019
    They haven't done anything in like 8 years... so
  9. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    You mean they expected shipments to rise when:

    1) Prices have increased
    2) Keyboards no longer work

    Who would of thought...
  10. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I am happy to contribute to the Mac downfall, thanks to no redesigned iMac this year.

    Try again next year, Apple.
  11. Jamers99 macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lutz, FL
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    For me, they are a victim of their own long-lasting products. I have a 2013 MacBook Pro that still runs too well for me to justify a new one.
  13. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    Didn’t SJ say this was the post PC era? Guess he was right???
  14. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    As bad as Mac's are, PCs must be worse since they fall by a greater percentage every quarter. :p
  15. AngerDanger, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    I think people are losing sight of what's really important here: every year the combined marketshare of all these computers has added up to a staggering one hundred percent! That's phenomenal! Go team!

  16. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Be careful what you wish for. You never know what a redesigned iMac might be like.

    Based off of some of Apple's other recent Macs, the iMac could be dramatically changed, and not for the better imo.
  17. timber macrumors 6502

    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.
  18. gugy, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Well Apple, overpriced, mostly outdated and where is that damn promised Mac Pro and displays? No wonder.
  19. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Not really all that bad, statistically. Though their shipments are down a couple percent, market share is increasing, so they are getting a little bit more of the market that is there. Acceptable, given that overall PC sales are down.
  20. TallGuyGT 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.
  21. 2IS 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.
  22. GregH31, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 11, 2019

    GregH31 macrumors newbie


    Apr 10, 2019
    I 100% agree. Apple has priced itself out of the market. Only those who work at Apple's headquarters can afford them (and the 1%ers).
  23. TallGuyGT macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2011
    Especially the nicer and more reliable keyboard! :D
  24. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    The only redesigned iMac that would horrify me is if they actually increased the size of the bezels.
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    But, this year isn’t over yet though, there is still plenty of time for 2019 for a redesign to debut at some point.

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