Without a Mac Refresh, Apple's PC Shipments Fell the Steepest of all PC Vendors in Q2
A new PC statistical report from Gartner today claims that with the exception of Apple falling 9.3% in Q2 2016, North America PC Shipments actually Increased for the first time in five quarters overall. With Apple failing to refresh their line up this year, it's not surprising to see Apple slip this quarter.
As for worldwide PC shipments, they've experienced their seventh straight decline clocking in at minus 5.2% from Q2 2015. Once again, Apple's decline was the steepest at 4.9%. IDC's PC report was published today as well and noted that Apple's drop was steeper at minus 8.3%.
Asus, Apple and Acer battled it out for the fourth position in worldwide PC shipments for the second quarter of 2016, as preliminary results get finalized.
IDC added that "Apple continues to face an increasingly competitive market as it awaits a refresh of its PC lineup. As a result, shipments experienced a decline from last year."
Overall, Gartner's report noted that "One of the ongoing problems in the PC market has been the price hike in selected regions due to the weakening local currency against the U.S. dollar," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "The price issue has impacted the EMEA and Latin America regions for the past year. However, PC shipment declines became rather modest in the second quarter compared with previous quarters, which suggests a fading currency impact.
While the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union did not have a major impact in the worldwide PC results in the second quarter of 2016, Gartner analysts said Brexit could potentially create uncertainty, not only in currency, but also the entire economy beyond Europe.
Lenovo maintained the No. 1 position in worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2016, despite a 2.2 percent decline in units from the same period last year. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of global PC shipment declines for Lenovo. For more details on PC shipments for Q2 2016, see Gartner's full report here.
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