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

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.

Tags: IDC, Gartner

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8 weeks ago
as long as they keep using butterfly keyboard i ain't buying.
Rating: 76 Votes
8 weeks ago
as long as they keep the Touch Bar without a physical escape key i ain't buying.
Rating: 69 Votes
8 weeks ago
Non upgradeable RAM, non upgradeable storage, mediocre GPUs even in top speced models, questionable keyboard quality, inadequate thermal solutions, no physical ESC key...and so forth and so on.

And then you’re wondering why people are not buying?
Rating: 62 Votes
8 weeks ago
Between crap keyboard and high prices, (looking at you RAM and SSD), I ain’t buyin’
Rating: 60 Votes
8 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 38 Votes
8 weeks ago
It will be fine. Apple will respond with a new batch of emojis to fix the problem.
Rating: 35 Votes
8 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 weeks ago
Two words:
Butterfly Keyboard

Made-up word:
Touchbar

One Word:
Price

Need more?
Apple’s thinness fetish and prioritizing how things look in product shots over user needs.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 weeks ago


A lot of comments about the keyboard, but I’ve had a 2019 MBP for 2 months and haven’t had a problem yet.


Impressive.
Rating: 19 Votes
8 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 18 Votes

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