IDC and Gartner clash over sales figures for Macs

IDC and Gartner clash over sales figures for Macs

As usual, at the end of each quarter, market analysis firms disclose their estimates of sales of gadgets and computers around the world. This time, the International Data Corporation (IDC) and the Gartner analyzed the performance of Macs and PCs during the second quarter of this year, finding paradoxical results regarding Apple sales in the period.

According to IDC, Apple dispatched about 4.1 million of Macs during the quarter that ended in June, an increase of 9.6% over the same period last year, when the company sold 3.7 million units worldwide. The result, according to the firm, earned the Cupertino giant a 6.3% share of the world computer market – up from 6% in 2018.

As it is possible to analyze in the framework of the IDC, above, Apple was among the Top 5 computer manufacturers. The firm explains that, like other companies, Apple “managed to move its units to sales channels avoiding possible tariffs”, referring to the trade war between the United States and China, in which the White House has been imposing additional tariffs on products exported from Beijing.

These numbers contrast with estimates by Gartner, which saw Apple dispatch 3.7 million of Macs in the second quarter of this year – down 0.2% from the same period last year. As a result, Apple’s expressiveness in the global computer market stood at 5.9%, compared to 6% in 2018.

Gartner says the biggest reason for the drop in Mac sales was, surprisingly (or not), Intel. According to Mikako Kitagawa, a senior analyst at the firm, the difficulties faced by the chip supplier in its production have harmed computer manufacturers as other companies, such as ARM, continued to supply components with no problem for automakers (mainly PCs) .

Speaking of PCs, both research companies positioned Lenovo as the world’s largest computer maker. According to IDC, the manufacturer sold 16.3 million units in the second quarter, while Gartner says that number was 15.8 million.

HP and Dell came in second and third, respectively, with IDC estimating sales of the former at 15.4 million units and Gartner at 14 million. Dell sold 11.6 million computers in the same period, according to IDC; Gartner says the company shipped 10.7 million PCs in the last quarter.

via Cult of Mac, MacRumors