Mac Shipments Down in Q4 2019 Amid Overall PC Market Growth

Yolanda Curtis
January 14, 2020

The decline in Mac shipments comes at a time where overall PC shipments were actually up for the first time in seven years, seeing growth of 2.3% year-over-year, and 0.6% for all of 2019.

The research firm estimates that fourth-quarter shipments grew an impressive 4.8% year-on-year to 71.8 million units. As a result, many commercial businesses have been buying new Windows 10 laptops and desktops, which helped PC shipments in 2019 reach 266 million units, according to IDC. For the full year, Shipment volumes were down 2.2 percent.

Gartner and IDC define the PC market slightly differently: Gartner's data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. "IDC counts desktops, notebooks (including Chromebooks) and workstations, but not tablets or x86 Servers", ZDNet reported.

"The PC market experienced growth for the first time since 2011, driven by vibrant business demand for Windows 10 upgrades, particularly in the US, EMEA ( Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) and Japan", Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.


However, according to both IDC and Gartner, sustainable market growth in the PC market will have to come from innovation. That means Intel's ongoing CPU shortage, the trade war between the US and China and other negative aspects of the market could quickly reverse the market's growth from 2019.

Per IDC, the adoption of AMD CPUs, easing trade tensions and other industry drivers helped boost the market upsurge this holiday season.

Apple maintained its position as the number four PC vendor in the world, trailing behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell, all of which saw year-over-year growth. Worldwide, IDC found that Lenovo is still the world's top PC vendor, with 24.8 percent of the market, followed by HP (23.9 percent) and Dell (17.4 percent).

Lenovo recorded year-over-year growth in most geographic regions.


IDC also notes the same decline in total 2019 shipments compared to 2018, suggesting Apple shipped an estimated 17.7 million Macs during the year, down from 18 million in 2018. The company's shipments grew consecutively for the third quarter, keeping its leading status intact in the United States, EMEA and Latin America, added Gartner. This China-based company regained its top berth in the reported quarter with almost 24.8% market share per Gartner and IDC.

The outlook for the PC market is increasingly unpredictable due to the ongoing U.S.

Apple shipped an estimated 5.26 million Macs during the quarter, down from 5.43 million in the year-ago quarter, a decline of three percent.

A Gartner report indicates that shipments of Mac fell 3% year-over-year in Q4.


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