Worldwide Mac Sales Up Slightly as PC Market Continues to Decline in Q1 2017

Amid a continuing decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple’s Mac sales are up slightly, according to new PC shipping estimates shared today by Gartner.

During the first quarter of 2017, Apple shipped an estimated 4.2 million Macs worldwide, up from 4 million in the year-ago quarter for an estimated growth of 4.5 percent. During the quarter, Apple held 6.8 percent of the market, up from 6.3 percent during the first quarter of 2016, allowing the company to hold on to its position as the number five PC vendor in the world.

Lenovo, HP, and Dell, the top three worldwide PC vendors, saw shipment growth during the quarter. Lenovo shipped an estimated 12.4 million PCs for 20 percent of the market (1.2 percent growth), HP shipped an estimated 12.1 million PCs for 19.5 percent of the market (6.5 percent growth), and Dell shipped 9.4 million PCs for an estimated 15 percent of the market (3.4 percent growth).

Gartner’s Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q17 (Thousands of Units)

Asus, the number four PC vendor in the world, saw a sharp decline in growth, shipping only an estimated 4.5 million PCs compared to 5.3 million during the first quarter of 2016. Acer and the “Other” group composed of smaller manufacturers also saw declines.

According to Gartner, overall worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.2 million units, a 2.4 decline compared to the first quarter of 2016.
“While the consumer market will continue to shrink, maintaining a strong position in the business market will be critical to keep sustainable growth in the PC market. Winners in the business segment will ultimately be the survivors in this shrinking market,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Vendors who do not have a strong presence in the business market will encounter major problems, and they will be forced to exit the PC market in the next five years. However, there will also be specialized niche players with purpose-built PCs, such as gaming PCs and ruggedized laptops.”

“The top three vendors — Lenovo, HP and Dell — will battle for the large-enterprise segment. The market has extremely limited opportunities for vendors below the top three, with the exception of Apple, which has a solid customer base in specific verticals.”

In the United States, PC shipments totaled 12.3 million units in 1Q 2017, also a 2.4 percent decline compared to 1Q 2016. Apple is the number four PC vendor in the United States, shipping an estimated 1.47 million Macs (for 12 percent market share), a slight decline from the 1.48 million Macs shipped in the first quarter of 2016.

Gartner’s Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q17 (Thousands of Units)

While HP saw 16 percent growth in the United States with an estimated 3.6 million shipments, shipments were down for Dell (3.2M), Lenovo (1.7M), and Asus (503,000).

Apple’s U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q17 (Gartner)

IDC also released its PC market shipment estimates today, and as per usual, its numbers tell a different story, in part because of the difference in the way tablets are counted by each firm.

According to IDC, the PC market saw its first growth in five years, with worldwide shipments totaling 60.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 for year-over-year growth of 0.6 percent. IDC’s estimates for Apple are similar to Gartner’s, with IDC suggesting worldwide Mac shipments of 4.2 million units, up from 4 million in the year-ago quarter for 4.1 percent growth.

It’s important to note that data from Gartner and IDC is preliminary and that the numbers can shift, sometimes dramatically and sometimes less so. Last year, for example, Gartner estimated Mac shipments of 4.6 million in the first quarter of 2016, but the actual number was just over 4 million.

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Borussia Dortmund explosions: police find letter claiming responsibility for attack – live updates

• Updates from Dortmund after three explosions hit team bus
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Police were asked about rumours of some kind of blackmail plot against Dortmund and replied “That’s the first we’ve heard about that.” Asked whether it was a suspected terrorist attack, they repeated that they are keeping their minds open to several possibilities.

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Sugar Bear Comes Out In Denial Of Abuse Allegations — ‘It Is Not True, Any Of It’

Sugar Bear is not taking this lying down!

After Mama June Shannon appeared on The Wendy Williams Show Tuesday with claims that Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson had been “very emotionally and physically abusive” towards her, her ex has quickly hit back.

Related: See Mama June’s COMPLETE Transformation

In an exclusive interview with ET, he basically refuted all of Mama June’s claims, saying:

“The abuse allegations are not true. It is not true, any of it. June won’t let me see or talk to Alana.”

He added:

“I have text messages where I text June and try to talk to Alana, but no response back from her. The last time I saw Alana was at mine and Jennifer’s wedding. I’ve tried to stay in touch with my daughter but June won’t let me.”

He also refuted claims that he had ever made fun of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson‘s weight, saying:

“I have never told Alana to lose weight or said anything to Alana about her weight. June’s a damn liar. I would never hurt Alana in any way. Everything I’ve said is the truth. I’m just tired of being put down for it. June is saying these things because she’s pissed at me. I never hurt any kid.”

During an earlier interview with ET, Honey Boo Boo had expressed that her estranged father rarely called her and often made comments about her weight.

She said:

“He calls me every once in a blue moon, so if there’s a blue moon outside, he’s going to call me. The other day we were on the phone …and we were talking about something, and he was like, ‘I need to cut my grass, so I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll come do it. I’m [going to] need a ride mower,’ and he said, ‘You’re gonna need a push mower, ’cause it wouldn’t hurt.'”

The 11-year-old added:

“I was more mad of the point that he said, because I didn’t get this shape from not eating. The other day, I was talking to him again and he said it again.”

So now Sugar Bear is in denial mode, which isn’t hard to understand. Of course he would be!

Guess we’ll just see what Mama June has to say in response to this. Stay tuned!

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T.I. Tells Angie Martinez He’s “Better Off” As Tiny’s BFF, Where Does That Leave Bernice?

Rumor Control: TI Clarifies He’s “Single” And Classy, Despite Being Married

Keeping up with Tip and his “relationships” have been a work out! Is he still with his wife Tiny? With Bernice “the homewrecker”? Both? The internet wants to know. Earlier, we posted about estranged wife Tiny and Bernice, letting the draco off on each other via instagram, with no input from the man they were both fighting over. But now, the Harris patriarch has finally spoken! TI visited the Angie Martinez show and clarifies that he was indeed balancing his “extramarital activities” while filming the last season of his reality show with the Harris family. He also clarifies that he is SINGLE. As a dollar bill. Check out the clip, courtesy of Baller Alert. We guess he means single after he finally divorces Tiny, and not just playing single. But, what about Bernice? Well, Tip ain’t claiming that either. Hit the flip to see the full video. [youtube=] All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed.

Bugatti Revisits the Past and Looks to the Future With New 57T Concept

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Artist Arthur B. Nustas and Bugatti are looking to revive the classic Type 57T with this new futuristic concept, which still pays homage to the manufacturer’s storied past. The design in turn combines the signature curved doors of the Chiron with the classic two-tone colorway that has been a Bugatti staple for years.

The 57S chassis has then been modernized to fit the times, while the concept also welcomes a contemporary headlamp redesign, triangular-shaped radiator and elongated hood. The supple leather interior then perfectly coincides with the overall luxe look of the vehicle, which you can get a feel for via the imagery above.

For more from Bugatti, take a look at the company’s insane $2.2 million USD yacht.

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