As per Gartner, Mac sales remained steady in Q4, 2016 despite PC sales slowing down. The company estimates that Apple shipped 5.4 million units of Macs worldwide, up by a mere 0.1 million from the same time in 2015.
While Apple registered a 2.4 percent growth, market leader Lenovo sales have been estimated to grow by 1.6 percent. HP and Dell posted registered higher growth than Apple and Lenovo at 4.3 percent and 5.4 percent. Asus and Acer, however, registered heavy declines in their PC sales.
“Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying behavior,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth. There have been innovative form factors like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.” Read more..