The latest reports from IDC (International Data Corporation) and Gartner show that Lenovo is still a leader in PC sales (including desktops and laptops), but it seems that Apple would be catching up.
The PC industry as a whole appears to have had a good 2019 so far, with IDC reporting that 64.9 million units were shipped in Q2 2019, which is an increase of 4.7% year-on-year.
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IDC notes that this is "considerably higher" than the previous estimates, partly because Intel ' s processors are more available.
"The range of Intel processors improved significantly during the quarter, allowing most PC vendors to execute old orders and at the same time send a healthy supply of new PCs to the channels," said Jitesh Ubrani of IDC.
The US-China trade standoff also appears to have caused a wave, with Ubrani noting that "the threat of increased rates led some PC makers to ship a surplus of desktops and notebooks, leaving them in the second quarter artificially supported the PC market. "
It also appears that the looming arrival of Windows 7 ' s End of Life is driving sales, as businesses and individuals are upgrading their Windows 7 machines before January 14, 2020, when Microsoft ends support for the older operating system.
Lenovo is still king
According to IDC, Lenovo remains the top company when it comes to the market share of PC, with 25.1% of the market and a growth of 18.2%.
HP is next, with a market share of 23.7%, followed by Dell with 17.9% and Acer with 6.6%. Apple reaches the top five with 6.3% – but according to IDC estimates, the Cupertino company saw a growth of 9.6%, which is the largest growth of a company, apart from the seemingly unstoppable Lenovo.
& Apos; Estimates & apos; is a key word here, as Apple no longer reports sales of Mac units, making it difficult for market analysts to confirm how many computers Apple is selling.
While the IDC report paints a rather rosy (and possibly short) picture for the PC industry in general and Apple in particular, the Gartner report tells a different story.
According to Gartner, PC shipments also grew in the second quarter of this year, but only by 1.5% compared to Q2 2018. Again, Gartner points out that Intel ' s processors are now more easily available.
"There are signs that the Intel CPU deficit is decreasing, which has had a continuous impact on the market over the past 18 months," said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner. "The shortage mainly affected small and medium-sized suppliers, as large suppliers benefited from it and continued to grow, eliminating market share from smaller vendors struggling to protect CPUs."
A larger difference between reports is that Gartner suggests that Apple had a much worse year than IDC estimates, with the company experiencing negative growth of -0.2%. According to Gartner, Mac shipments from Apple were the lowest since 2014.
The big difference in reports for Apple shows how difficult it can be to estimate revenue when the company doesn't provide information. Only Apple itself will really know how good (or how bad) this happened this year.
However, the Gartner report correlates in some respects with the findings of IDC. It places Lenovo at the top of PC manufacturers with a market share of 25%, with HP following 22.2% and Dell third with 16.9%. This largely corresponds to the IDC report.
Gartner, however, places Apple in fourth place with 5.9% market share and Acer fifth with 5.4%.
With these different results, it's hard to get a good idea of how well Apple ' s computer division is performing, but it seems that the company has a market share of around 6%.
We can be sure that Lenovo continues to lead the PC market share and that the PC market has grown this year. However, with the American / Chinese trade war still looming, who knows how long that will last.
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