According to the latest PC shipment forecast released by market analyst Gartner on Friday, Apple's global shipment of Macs in the fourth quarter of 2018 is estimated at 4.9 million units, down from 5.1 million units in the same period last year. However, Apple's market share increased from 7.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 7.2%.
Global PC shipments fell from 71.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 68.6 million units, a decline of 4.3%. According to the report, Apple is still the fourth largest PC seller in the world, behind Dell, HP and Lenovo, but ahead of Asus and Acer.
Lenovo ranked first among PC manufacturers with 16.6 million units shipped and 24.2% market share, followed by HP with 15.4 million units shipped, accounting for 22.4%. Dell ranked third with 11 million units shipped and 15.9% market share. Asus shipped 4.2 million units, with a market share of 6.1%, lagging behind Apple. Acer shipped 3.9 million units, with a market share of 5.6%.
Gartner estimates that Apple sold 18 million Macs throughout 2018, down from nearly 19 million in 2017. Apple shipments fell 5% year-on-year, and its total market share fell from 7.2% to 6.9% in 2018.
In addition to Gartner, IDC has also released its own PC shipment forecast report, pointing out that Apple's Mac sales have also experienced a similar decline. IDC still ranks Apple as the fourth largest PC seller in the world, with Mac shipments reaching 4.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018. According to IDC data, Apple's Mac shipments fell by 3.8% and its market share remained stable. Like Gartner, IDC estimates that Apple sold 18 million Macs in 2018, down from 19 million in 2017.
It's important to note that the data from Gartner and IDC are estimated. Although they are usually not far from Apple's sales, they are not completely accurate. However, Apple has announced that it will no longer announce specific sales of the iPhone, iPad and Mac, so we will not be able to determine the exact sales of the Mac in the future, only through third-party data as a reference.