Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter

Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC shipments during the recent holiday quarter, according to PC shipping estimates from Gartner. Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in 4Q14, up from 1.9 million Macs in 4Q13, marking an 11.5 percent increase. Though the company's shipments were up, its growth rate slightly trailed the overall market, resulting in a share of 11.7 percent down from 11.9 percent in the year ago quarter.

With its 11.7 percent share of the market, Apple is the third largest PC vendor in the United States, behind HP and Dell, which captured 29.2 and 22.6 percent of the market, respectively. Lenovo and ASUS came in behind Apple, with 10.2 and 6.8 percent of the market, respectively.

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Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q14 (Thousands of Units)

Overall, U.S PC shipments totaled 18.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 13.1 percent increase from the year ago quarter. HP saw the largest amount of growth in the U.S. at 26.2 percent, followed by Lenovo's 21.6 percent growth, Dell's 13.5 percent growth, and Apple's aforementioned 11.5 percent growth.

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Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-4Q14 (Gartner)

IDC has also released its own estimates of Apple's U.S. PC shipments during the holiday quarter, which are quite different from Gartner's estimates. According to IDC, overall U.S. PC shipments totaled 17.6 million, with Apple responsible for 2.2 million of those with a growth rate of 18.1 percent.

In IDC's estimations, Apple's share of the market grew from 11.3 percent in 4Q13 to 12.7 percent in 4Q14, rather than declining slightly as in Gartner's estimate. Gartner and IDC often have different numbers due to the fact that Gartner counts Windows-based tablets as personal computers, while IDC does not.

Apple does not rank as one of the top five worldwide vendors in Gartner's data, which ranks ASUS above Apple, but in IDC's data, Apple ranks higher than ASUS and is counted as the number five worldwide PC vendor. IDC's data suggests that Apple's worldwide PC marketshare climbed to 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 with a record breaking 5.7 million shipments, while Gartner's data suggests ASUS was the number five worldwide PC vendor with 6.2 million shipments.

It is important to note that data from Gartner and IDC is preliminary and that the numbers can shift. Last year, for example, Gartner predicted shipments of 2.2 million for Apple in 4Q13, later revising that number to 1.9 million.

Tags: Gartner, IDC

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octothorpe8 Avatar
122 months ago
In your opinion.......

And probably in the opinion of most forum readers here, I'd guess. Did you notice the title of the website you're on?
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SusanK Avatar
122 months ago
Macs are the best!
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lhammer610 Avatar
122 months ago
Not that it matters, but Apple could have had one more mac sale until they introduced the "updated" Mac mini. So many mini disappoints I had.:mad: Decided on a Surface Pro3 (will check out SP4), then nothing at all since the mini and the SP3 were both wants and not needs. Maybe somebody will Shut up and take my money in 2015.

*sigh*

I have had a Mac since 1989, but I am beginning to doubt my next will be one. I do not like sealed desktops that will not let me upgrade. I thought I was going to get a mini until it came in with such poor specs and soldered RAM. If only Apple would make a prosumer model.
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122 months ago
Just imagine how well Apple would have done if they offered a 17" laptop, a powerful, user upgradeable tower and an enthusiast-friendly mini!
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kemal Avatar
122 months ago
The PC side is making up for a bad 2013. Or consumers are getting tired of tablets and want computers.
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IJ Reilly Avatar
122 months ago
As usual the real story is not market share, but unit growth. By that measure Apple did not keep up with the growth of the overall PC market, at least according to Gartner. So a more accurate headline would be, "Apple Loses Some Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter," since that is what actually happened.
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