Mac Shipments Down in Q3 2019 Amid Overall Worldwide PC Market Growth

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Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were down in the third quarter of 2019, according to new preliminary Pc shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 5.1 million Macs, down from 5.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, marking a 3.7 percent drop in shipments. Apple's marketshare also declined slightly, dropping from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q19 (Thousands of Units)​

Apple continues to be the number four PC vendor in the world, ranking below Lenovo, HP, and Dell, but above Acer and Asus. Lenovo was the number one vendor during the quarter, shipping an estimated 16.8 million PCs for 24.7 percent market share.

HP came in second with 15.3 million PCs shipped for 22.4 percent market share, while Dell was third with 11.3 million PCs shipped and 16.6 percent market share. Acer shipped 4.2 million PCs for 6.2 percent market share, while ASUS shipped 3.8 million PCs for 6.5 percent market share.

Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-3Q19 (Gartner)​

Apple's decline in Mac sales follows refreshes of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines this year, but comes as the iMac, Mac Pro, and iMac Pro continue to go without an update. Apple is planning to release an updated Mac Pro at some point this year.

The drop in Mac sales comes amid slight growth for the overall worldwide PC market. A total of 68.1 million PCs were shipped during the quarter, a 1.1 percent increase from the third quarter of 2018.

Apple saw slight growth in Mac shipments in the United States in Q3 2019. Apple shipped a total of 2.186 million Macs during the quarter, up from 2.182 during the third quarter of 2018, a 0.2 percent increase.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q19 (Thousands of Units)​

HP was the number one PC vendor in the United States, shipping 4.4 million PCs. Dell came in at number two with 4 million PCs shipped, while Lenovo was third with 2.2 million PCs. Microsoft and Acer trailed Apple in the United States.

IDC also released its own shipment estimates this afternoon, noting an even steeper decline in sales for Apple. According to IDC, Apple shipped 5 million Macs during the quarter, down from 5.3 million, a decline of 6.1 percent.

In IDC's rankings, Apple falls below Lenovo, HP, and Dell, also coming in as the number four worldwide PC vendor, which is up from fifth place last year. IDC's data also suggests overall worldwide PC market growth of 3 percent percent rather than the 1.1 percent growth noted by Gartner.

Apple could see some growth in Mac sales next year following the release of the new Mac Pro and rumors suggesting a new 16-inch MacBook Pro is on the horizon.

It's important to note that 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.

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jjhny

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Not much of a surprise. Apple doesn't put much attention toward computers anymore. Also, they could make nice with Nvidia again (for cuda apps - like some super popular ones in the Adobe Suite). Maybe Apple should spin computers into their own division. At least the Pro level ones.
 

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Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were down in the third quarter of 2019, according to new preliminary Pc shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 5.1 million Macs, down from 5.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, marking a 3.7 percent drop in shipments. Apple's marketshare also declined slightly, dropping from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent.



Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q19 (Thousands of Units)

Apple continues to be the number four PC vendor in the world, ranking below Lenovo, HP, and Dell, but above Acer and Asus. Lenovo was the number one vendor during the quarter, shipping an estimated 16.8 million PCs for 24.7 percent market share.

HP came in second with 15.3 million PCs shipped for 22.4 percent market share, while Dell was third with 11.3 million PCs shipped and 16.6 percent market share. Acer shipped 4.2 million PCs for 6.2 percent market share, while ASUS shipped 3.8 million PCs for 6.5 percent market share.



Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-3Q19 (Gartner)

Apple's decline in Mac sales follows refreshes of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines this year, but comes as the iMac, Mac Pro, and iMac Pro continue to go without an update. Apple is planning to release an updated Mac Pro at some point this year.

The drop in Mac sales comes amid slight growth for the overall worldwide PC market. A total of 68.1 million PCs were shipped during the quarter, a 1.1 percent increase from the third quarter of 2018.

Apple saw slight growth in Mac shipments in the United States in Q3 2019. Apple shipped a total of 2.186 million Macs during the quarter, up from 2.182 during the third quarter of 2018, a 0.2 percent increase.



Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q18 (Thousands of Units)

HP was the number one PC vendor in the United States, shipping 4.4 million PCs. Dell came in at number two with 4 million PCs shipped, while Lenovo was third with 2.2 million PCs. Microsoft and Acer trailed Apple in the United States.

IDC also released its own shipment estimates this afternoon, noting an even steeper decline in sales for Apple. According to IDC, Apple shipped 5 million Macs during the quarter, down from 5.3 million, a decline of 6.1 percent.

In IDC's rankings, Apple falls below Lenovo, HP, and Dell, also coming in as the number four worldwide PC vendor, which is up from fifth place last year. IDC's data also suggests overall worldwide PC market growth of 3 percent percent rather than the 1.1 percent growth noted by Gartner.

Apple could see some growth in Mac sales next year following the release of the new Mac Pro and rumors suggesting a new 16-inch MacBook Pro is on the horizon.

It's important to note that 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.

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Any numbers provided by IDC or Gartner should be preceded by the mention “Always wrong estimates from X say..”. You should also link the page to a salt order on Amazon pantry.
 

Glenny2lappies

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Keep waiting for that rumoured 16" MBP which, I hope, will have a much better keyboard that you can feel the keys. No doubt it'll be made of unobtainium to keep the price considerably higher than a fully-loaded current MBP.

It really irks that the box contains nothing baring the power brick and (short) cable. Definitely not even a mains extension cable or some simple adapters for which they'll gouge you for another couple or three hundred bucks.
 

Relentless Power

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Well that's what happens when a man with no vision except how much more money he can put in his pocket leads the company.
Funny, because it seems that man with ‘no vision’ has put this company in heights that’s never been reached before under his leadership with Products and services that have excelled on new levels.
 

Ahheck01

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Not much of a surprise. Apple doesn't put much attention toward computers anymore. Also, they could make nice with Nvidia again (for cuda apps - like some super popular ones in the Adobe Suite). Maybe Apple should spin computers into their own division. At least the Pro level ones.
Ooo, they should do that. They could call the new division Apple Computers, Inc.
That would actually be pretty legit.
 

georgB

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Gee whiz, really? Despite thinner, touch bar, thinner bezels, and (hold your breath) dark mode - not to mention the high-tech keyboard? Who’d’a thunk it? Seems like that didn’t make up for Apple’s increasingly underwhelming Macs while maintaining luxury pricing. Is anyone surprised?
 

Anarchy99

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they just keep making bad machines, especially laptops.

they need to backtrack on the touch bar or at least put it above the function keys at the bare minimum they need to give back a real escape key.
( any power users and/or coders know why I feel that way)

the excuse Apple apologist's used saying they need to touch far for touch ID has been proven false with the new MacBook Air.

outside of those the butterfly keys themselves are a problem (even without the breaking the lack of travel is a dealbreaker)
while not a dealbreaker another issue with the keyboard is the lack of an inverted T with the arrow keys (better for homing your fingers when you're left and right are the same size as you're off and down not to mention it's weird that the statistically less used of the arrow directions have the most prominence)

anyway those are just my issues with the keyboard

beyond that I'm still bitter about lack of upgradability but I've come to terms with the retina so that would be nice but doubtful.

the lack of a removable SSD worries me, especially now that the lifeboat connectors gone so I can't even use the leaked cable I bought off eBay to do hard drive recoveries on newer MacBook Pros.

as a technician that deals with enough hard drive failures (even SSDs) to know that it can be an issue, that makes me uneasy which is further exaggerated by the proprietary storage controller ala the T2 chip.

but even if I forgave that, there's still the issue that unless I'm doubling up dongle's a new MacBook Pro has fewer ports than a 2015.

a portable machine stops being a portable machine when you got multiple dongles attached to multiple other things just to plug everything in.


when the retinas came out I was bitter that they worsened the key travel and removed upgradability, but they added enough to make me overlook a few things.

since 2016 all they've been doing is making it worse without giving me enough reason to upgrade.

they need to listen to their pro users and actually make a decent laptop again otherwise once my 2015 can't do what I need all need to, i'll make my primary laptop a hackintosh.

i had over $5000 that sat in an account for years waiting for a new machine, last year i gave up and used parts of it to get a egpu and prolong my 2015, if apple doesnt want my money then thats their choice.

they've already shown when it comes to the desktops they dont want my money if the base price is any indicator. (base mac pro, is about. double the cost of its parts) its not unusual for apple to have a markup but usually its not that insulting.
 
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infiniteentropy

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Butterfly keyboard, lack of ability to service / upgrade, prices for SSD storage approaching extortion levels, touch bar removing useful keys for professionals, and so much more... I'm still gone. This after the previous 12 years being all in. I have an iPod Touch for streaming all the iTunes music I bought over those years, and Apple TV's for streaming all the iTunes TV Shows (movies can be streamed anywhere, thanks MoviesAnywhere!) I bought over those same years. For computers, Apple is no longer the best option... unless you happen to make iOS apps, in which case they have you by the short hairs.

So... still gone here. Typing this from an MSI Stealth computer. With an excellent keyboard, and hard drives and memory I can upgrade when I have to... and function rows! And Nvidia graphics! ... and so much more that is way beyond Apple these days. It's really rather sad. Apple is not doomed, they are just no longer that "into" pro level computers any more. C'est la vie!
 

jjudson

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PCs are more tied to economic growth than Macs. When a company is doing well or a new business is starting up, they need computers. Macs still aren't the computer of choice for most businesses. The past few years overall have been a boom for business, thus the better PC numbers.

Macs suffer from that, but also the fact that PCs overall have gotten so powerful that upgrading regularly isn't necessary. I see no reason to upgrade my Macbook Pro. It does everything I need it to and I haven't lacked for power. So unless there's an outside force pushing on it, non-business Mac users will upgrade less frequently.

That said, Apple seems to be hiding their computer business a lot more than their phone business....