Mac Shipments Decline 21 Percent Year-On-Year as Global PC Market Shrinks: Canalys

Analysts say Mac shipments declined worldwide in the first quarter of 2020, but while PC shipments declined 8 percent year-on-year, Apple’s decline is more than double that of the global average.

According to research firm Canalys (via MacRumors), PC shipments reached 53.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 8 percent compared to the same quarter last year. PC makers remained stable, but likely missed out on potential growth due to supply chain delays caused by COVID-19.

“The top vendor rankings remained stable, with Lenovo still leading the PC market with 12.8 million units shipped. HP came second with 11.7 million units, followed by Dell with 10.5 million units,” says Canalys.

Apple, on the other hand, saw Mac shipments decline a staggering 21 percent, making the Cupertino company the hardest-hit manufacturer of the top five vendors. The the same quarter last year, Canalys estimated that Apple saw Mac shipments reach 4.07 million units, dropping to 3.2 million units this year.

The research firm notes that “many other home technologies” have seen growth amid the shift from office to working from home situations, including monitors, webcams, printers, and headphones.

Looking forward, Canalys notes that PC demand will likely not remain as strong as it was in the first quarter of 2020:

As we move into Q2, the production constraints in China have eased. But the spike in PC demand seen in Q1 is not likely to be sustained and the rest of the year looks less positive. Few businesses will be spending on technology for their offices, while many homes will have been freshly equipped. A global recession has begun – businesses will go bankrupt, with millions newly unemployed. Even governments and large corporations will have to prioritize spending elsewhere.

The research data is based on supply chain analysis and consumer surveys, as Apple no longer discloses iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales.