The PC market is down once more in Q3 of 2017, as are Mac shipments, in keeping with recent figures from Gartner.

The analyst agency’s newest report estimates that PC shipments hit 67 million items globally, down three.6% year-on-year – however Apple’s Mac machines slipped to Four.6 million items, a extra pronounced decline of 5.6% in comparison with the third quarter of 2016 (which witnessed almost Four.9 million items shipped).

This implies Apple stays in fifth place within the world league desk of PC producers, simply behind Asus (which had a extremely dangerous quarter, dropping 9% year-on-year).

Apple at present has an general market share of 6.9% with regards to world PC gross sales.

There was even weaker efficiency for Apple on its residence territory of the US – as soon as once more – with cargo numbers slipping to 1.88 million, a decline of seven.6% year-on-year.

Though Lenovo slipped additional within the States, dropping a staggering 25.2% in comparison with the identical quarter in 2016, which signifies that Apple is definitely the quantity three PC vendor within the US now.

Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, noticed of the US market: “Weak back-to-school gross sales had been additional proof that conventional shopper PC demand drivers for PCs are not efficient.”

Righteous refurbs

One argument for why MacBook gross sales might be softening, and affecting the general Mac image negatively, is the weighty worth tags which the brand new MacBook Professional fashions had been burdened with – however there may be some excellent news on this entrance for shoppers.

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Specifically that for the primary time since they had been launched, now you can buy refurbished 15-inch MacBook Professional with Contact Bar notebooks from Apple, which could encourage a couple of extra beforehand reticent consumers to make the leap.

On the time of writing, in Apple’s UK retailer the most cost effective such providing is a refurbished 15.Four-inch MacBook Professional with Contact Bar, Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM plus 256GB of storage, which is priced at £1,909 (round AU$three,230), a saving of £340 or 15% in comparison with new.

Over within the US, that very same mannequin has $350 knocked off which means it retails at $1,949 (round AU$2,500).

Thoughts you, with Black Friday on the close to horizon, it’s probably value ready to see what kind of reductions that can carry with regards to MacBooks.

By way of: MacRumors [1], [2]

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