Estimates peg Mac sales up 19% to new all-time record

“Apple sold a record 5.75 million Macs in the quarter that ended Dec. 31, an increase of 19% that beat the overall industry by a wide margin, IDC said Monday.,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“In a preliminary estimate, IDC pegged Apple’s sales for 2014’s fourth quarter at 5.75 million, a record for a three-month period,” Keizer reports. “According to IDC, Apple sold 4% more Macs than the previous quarter, currently the record.”

Keizer reports, “For the year, IDC estimated that Apple sold 19.8 million Macs, or 15% more than the current annual record set in 2013.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Inexorably, the world awakens!

As we wrote on January 10, 2005, after Apple had just reported 836,000 Macs sold in Q405:

As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail…

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Apple’s Mac surge: 2015 could be even bigger – October 22, 2014
NYT: Macs, iPhones and iPads seamlessly connect in Apple’s silky smooth ecosystem – October 22, 2014
The Mac is back: Why Apple just set an all-time Mac sales record – October 22, 2014
Apple’s Mac a surprise hit in Q414 results; market share now highest since 1995 – October 21, 2014
NPD: Apple Mac grabs 26.8% U.S. consumer market share – September 24, 2014
Apple Macintosh continues to dominate in personal computer customer satisfaction – September 23, 2014
Milestone: Apple computers outsold Windows PCs in Q4 2013 – February 12, 2014
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  1. It’s almost guaranteed that Apple’s product line sales gains will be ignored as Wall Street goes after iPad losses upon earnings. Wall Street always emphasizes Apple’s negative points. Believe it or not but Amazon is surging all over Apple simply because of an upgrade.

  2. I really don’t care what number IDC imagines Apple sold, IDC have been notoriously unreliable in the past, so it’s foolish to attach any significance to what they say.

    On the other hand, if you care to wait a couple of weeks, Apple will be announcing the actual sales numbers – not estimates.

    Why do people get so worked up about estimates when the precise figures are about to be announced ?

    1. Stock price. If you’re churning stock for profit, estimates are a good tool to do that.

      As an aside, I haven’t been able to post using the MDN app in over a week. Every time I try, I get a posting error. I’ve tried iPad/iPhone restarts/hard resets, delete/reinstall with no improvement. Is anyone else having this issue? Posting works fine in iOS Safari and MacOS, all devices using the latest OS and software. While this benefits MDN web site with its many more ads, it’s not as convenient as the iOS app.

  3. Call me suspicious but I find it odd that the market is suggesting apple will sell such large numbers of Macs. Are they setting up the stock for a big fall?
    Don’t get me wrong I would love to have that many macs sold but typically the largest number of macs are sold in the fall quarter.

    1. In Central London it’s actually getting difficult to spot laptops that aren’t Macs now. Anywhere where people might have a machine open all you see is little white glowing Apple logos.

  4. Grrrr. Off topic I know but angry today at second time in a year I’ve been on a training course and fed bollocks teaching from a supposed management/industry expert over Apple.

    1st time six months ago, our class was told: “Apple was failing and would have gone bust if Jobs was not sacked. The company was turned around and made successful so he was able to return and take them to where they are today”

    Today, I was ‘taught’: “Apple owes their massive success to the amount of money they have which means they can afford to invest vast amounts more in R&D than their competitors can which is why they have better products”.

    Completely untrue of course. Apple innovates products and never outspends others on R&D.

    These people really p*ss me off. Why do they make the mistake of choosing Apple as a typical example of a company when we all know they’re a one-off and can’t be compared to any other company ever seen? Sorry guys, rant over, I’ll shut up now.

  5. History will write that Windows 8 was the best thing that ever happened to the Mac platform. The longer Microsoft’s biggest dog turd continues to stink up the shelves at Fry’s and Best Buy, the better for Mac sales.

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