Due to Apple's expected October event with new Macs, IDC is today with the quarterly report on PC sales. The analysts show that worldwide PC shipments amounted to 67.4 million units in the third quarter of 2018, which is a decline of 0.9 percent compared with the same quarter last year.
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While shipments may have decreased, IDCs are better than many industry analysts had expected. During the third quarter, PC shipments are expected to decline by 3 percent, but producers were less affected by a process shortage than expected.
For Apple specifically, the company is speculated in the effect of a stagnant Mac series before the expected hardware updates this month. The company sent 4.7 million Mac devices in the quarter, down 11.6 percent compared with Mac shipments in the quarter.
Apple was finished as the fifth largest PC manufacturer worldwide, with Lenovo coming into the top class, followed by HP, Dell, Acer, and Apple. IDC notes that Apple was the only top 5 manufacturer to "underperform the overall market", as every other company managed at least an annual growth.
"Apple finished fourth in 5th place, fell over 11% and was the only top 5 company to underestimate the overall market," explains IDC.
At the same time, Gartner also published its Q3 2018 data for the PC industry. As usual, data varies slightly, showing transfers of 67.2 million units for a 0.1 percent increase year on year. Gartner specifically says that industry performance was powered by "Windows 10 PC Hardware Upgrades."
For Apple, Gartner estimates Mac shipments of 4.9 million units, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to the 5.4 million units delivered in the year-ago quarter. It's down 8.5 percent compared to 2017, but Gartner says that Apple continues to surpass Acer and Asus in terms of market ethics.
With Gartner and IDC data it is important to note that companies estimate Mac shipments. Apple has scheduled to report quarterly earnings on November 1, which includes total Mac shipments.
Apple is expected to host a press event this month and introduce a variety of new Mac hardware, including a new 13-inch MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac. If IDC and Gartner data turn out to be accurate, Apple's aging Mac setup forces users to postpone their purchases until later this year.
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