Data released by IDC show that global PC sales reached 71.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2019, the highest quarterly shipments in four years. Global PC sales have risen, but it is not Apple that has benefited. In the fourth quarter, Lenovo remained the world’s largest PC maker, with 17.8 million units shipped, up 6.5% year-on-year. HP came in second with 17.17 million units, while Dell was third with 12.46 million units.
In fourth place was Apple, which was valued at about 4.7 million units, down 5.3 percent from a year earlier. According to IDC, Apple’s share of the global PC market is about 6.6 percent, compared with 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Despite the challenges of Mac sales, the iPad and iPhone have been strong, offsetting the impact on macs.
Global PC shipments increased by 2.7% year-on-year in 2019, the first full-year increase since 2011. Apple’s shipments in 2019 were only 17.68 million units, down 2.2% from a year earlier.
Gartner also publishes PC statistics at the same time. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Gartner said global PC shipments increased 2.3% year-on-year and grew 0.6% for the full year. In the fourth quarter, global PC shipments were about 70.6 million units, while Apple shipped 5.26 million units, down 3% year-on-year and 7.5% in market share. For the full year of 2019, Gartner put apple shipments at about 18.35 million units, higher than IDC estimates.
Looking at the U.S. market, Gartner data put Apple’s shipments in the fourth quarter of 2019 to about 2.13 million units, up 0.8 percent from a year earlier and a market share of 13.6 percent. In the U.S., HP, Dell and Lenovo are in the top three, and Apple is in fourth place.
Although Gartner and IDC’s data are slightly different, they both see signs of recovery in the global PC market, and Apple has failed to profit from it.