Mac Shipments Down in Q1 2019 Amid Worldwide PC Decline

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tags: Gartner, IDC

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Top Rated Comments

JPack Avatar
69 months ago
People want a working keyboard. And reasonably priced storage options.

5,400 rpm in a 2019 iMac is simply ridiculous.
Score: 72 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kanki1985 Avatar
69 months ago
It's priced beyond reach for most who expect a decent configuration..
Score: 61 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmx Avatar
69 months ago
Amid (still) dysfunctional keyboards, lack of innovation other than making them thinner, increasing quality of windows competition.
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Samurai Avatar
69 months ago
You mean they expected shipments to rise when:

1) Prices have increased
2) Keyboards no longer work

Who would of thought...
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
69 months ago
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!

Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheShadowKnows! Avatar
69 months ago
Apple's Mac sales could potentially be suffering due to the negative publicity surrounding the butterfly keyboard issues in the MacBook ('https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macbook/'), MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, a problem that has become increasingly visible due to its impact on even the newest Mac notebooks.
No kidding, Sherlock/s

But it is not only the keyboard, although it is the most offensive and visible of all.

Queue the litany of "new-generation fixes" (which did not need fixing)...
[LIST=1]
* of course, keyboard (with or without "improved" key condoms)
* magsafe, where are you? we miss you!
* proprietary thunderbolt 1,2,3 .. the port to rule them all ... not! (USB 3.1 Gen2 compatibility is the saving grace)
* mega-sized touchpad (with imperfect palm rejection)
* T2 firmware with built-in "failure as an option"
* touch bar that no one asked, but all have to pay
* minimal, fixed storage configurations as entry level, with super-sized pricing for useful ones.
* built as a disposable appliance where any reasonable repair (e.g. battery!) demands system overhaul and sub-system replacement (top aluminum case replaced with keyboard, speakers, and battery as a single sub-system)
* adding insult to injury, no "Right-to-Repair", with no repair manuals and/or OEM replacement parts available to third parties.
* and, of course, Cook's spreadsheet where options are all priced by powers-of-2, regardless of technology trends.

So why bother?
Simple, macOS.
But that distinction is fading away... fast.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)