Mac sales drop: Apple's latest hardware not making significant impact

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Dell came in third after achieving five consecutive quarters of year-on-year global shipment growth, with shipments increasing 1.4 per cent to 9.5 million units in the second quarter of 2017. Shipments totaled 61.1 million units, which is down 4.3 percent year-over-year.

The overall United States market actually dropped by more than the global average, experiencing a 5.7% dip, and Gartner observed that this was mainly due to "weak consumer PC demand" which evidently hit Apple's computers pretty badly given its more stable worldwide performance. For the quarter, Apple captured 6.9 per cent of the worldwide market, up from 6.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2016.

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With the increase in market share, Apple now holds the fourth position in the PC market after toppling Asus.

While HP is now enjoying about 20 percent of the market shipments, Apple is on the opposite bank. Gartner does not include Chromebook shipments within the overall PC market, but said Chromebooks are "moderately impacting" the PC market. While some vendors just absorbed the higher costs, others hiked their PC prices, leading to lower overall demand. However, among all the decline of PC sales only HP managed to grow faster than the rest-rising 3.3 per cent to 12.7 million units, with 20.8 per cent of the market. Lenovo's current market share stands at 19.9%.

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Both market trackers ranked HP as the top computer seller, saying its sales have grown despite the shrinking market. Apple acquired the fourth spot with a market share of 11.8%, down from 12.3% previous year, according to Gartner.

According to the company, a lot of the blame for the lower number of PC shipped can be placed on the higher prices. According to IDC, Apple's Mac shipments registered a small growth rate of 1.7% from the second quarter of past year. That marked the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments.

It said worldwide Chromebook shipments grew 38 percent in 2016, while the overall PC market declined six per cent.

While the overall market shrunk, HP managed to post 6.2 percent year-over-year growth for Q2, according to IDC, giving it almost 23 percent market share for the quarter.

The reason for the latest drop, per Gartner: There's a shortage of components like memory and LCD screens that are driving up manufacturing costs.

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