Fewer than last year. Again.
I’ll make this short.
Before next Thursday’s Mac event, Tim Cook and company have to get through next Tuesday’s results. For the aging Mac line, which limped though its big back-to-school September quarter without a refresh, the results are not expected to be good.
IDC and Gartner have already filed their estimates, and they’re roughly in line with the average estimate of the analysts I’ve heard from:
IDC: 5.01 million
Gartner: 4.95 million
My guys: 5.09 million
Bottom line: The fourth year-over-year quarterly decline in a row.
The Mac can usually be counted on to outgrow the rest of the PC industry, even in a bad quarter. Not this time. Not even close.
Here’s the three-year bar chart of Mac sales by quarter, highlighting the year over year comparison. The last entry is the average of the analysts I’ve heard from.
And here are the individual analyst’s estimates, with the pros in blue and the indies in green. We’ll find out who was closest to the mark after the markets close on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
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Thanks as always to Posts at Eventide’s Robert Paul Leitao for pulling together the Braeburn Group numbers.