Mac family

Apple will officially release last quarter’s earnings results at the end of this month but analytics firm Canalys is out today with data on PC shipments for Q3. While the entire market saw shipment growth, Apple’s Mac lineup also saw a YoY gain, keeping its market share steady just under 8% of worldwide shipments.

The 2019 Q3 estimates from Canalys (Apple’s fiscal Q4) show overall PC shipments growing 4.7% year over year. That’s the best overall shipment result for the global PC market since 2012. Coming in first for market share was Lenovo with 24% of global PC shipments and over 7% YoY growth. HP followed Lenovo with 23% of the market and saw an even higher 8.5% growth in the quarter.

Apple landed in fourth for market share, capturing 7.6% of the worldwide shipments with its 1.5% YoY growth. Canalys notes the back to school season as helping Apple hit the improved sales. And Macs saw double the growth in the US that it did with overall sales.

PC shipments in the United States in Q3 benefitted from tail-end back-to-school season demand and front loading of shipments into the channel ahead of expected disruption from tariffs in the crucial holiday spending period from November to January. Shipments were up 3.0% year-on-year, with Apple and HP growing faster than the market average. HP continued to see a healthy sell-in of Chromebooks, with shipments over the million mark.

Mac shipments Q3 2019

As for Europe, PC growth was more muted and Apple was the only top-five company to not see growth.

In Europe, uncertainty over Brexit and its outcome restrained demand for PCs, as businesses are apprehensive about investments for the long-term. Shipments grew about 2% in EMEA, below the global average. Apple was the only vendor in the top five to not see shipment growth in the region.

The biggest factor for PC growth was the end of support for Windows 7 and specifically the market of Japan as it prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan continued to be a stand-out growth market, with businesses complying with deadlines for the end of Windows 7 extended support, and more importantly, a ramping up of IT infrastructure spend ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, driving up demand for PCs.

Mac shipments global market share

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Apple iPhone 11 case deals on Amazon

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Michael Potuck

Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.