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IDC: Mac Shipments Down in Q4 2019 While Overall PC Shipments Grew

IDC: Mac Shipments Down in Q4 2019 While Overall PC Shipments Grew

International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Q4 2019 PC industry data today. The report includes information about the all-important holiday shopping season. The report shows that despite an overall 4.8% increase in PC shipments, sales of the Mac were down.

Overall PC shipments during the quarter hit 71.8 million units. Unfortunately, Apple wasn’t able to take advantage of the “highest single quarter shipment volume in four years.”

In Q4 2019, the No. 1 company was Lenovo, which saw growth of 6.5% year-over-year to 17.8 million shipments. HP came in at No. 2, while Dell snagged the third spot, with 17.17 million and 12.46 million shipments respectively.

Apple filled out the top four, with IDC estimating Q4 2019 shipments of 4.7 million units, down 5.3% year-over-year. IDC’s numbers show Apple holding a 6.6% share of the PC market, down from 7.3% compared to Q4 2018. The report says Apple’s “continued momentum in the iPad and iPhone space” more than offset the drop in Mac sales.

PC shipments were up 2.7% on a worldwide basis for all of 2019, says IDC, although Apple saw a 2.2% decline for 2019 as a whole, with yearly estimated shipments of 17.68 million.

Meanwhile, Gartner’s PC industry numbers tell a similar story, with data suggesting that worldwide PC shipments grew 2.3% for Q4 2019 and 0.6% for the entire year. The firm estimates worldwide shipments of 70.6 million.

Gartner’s data also showed a down year for Apple’s Mac, indicating shipments of 5.26 million units, which is down 3% year-over-year, and a market share of 7.5%. Gartner estimates Apple’s Mac shipments were 18.35 million units for the year.

The data from both IDC and Gartner are merely estimates, as Apple no longer reports Mac unit sales, making it difficult to verify the shipment figures.

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