How many Macs did Apple sell last quarter?

“IDC’s ‘preliminary’ estimate 5.75 million Macs shipped in the December quarter looked high to our panel of analysts when it came out on Jan. 13,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “It still seems high.”

“IDC’s guess is bigger than that of 75% of the analysts we’ve heard from so far — 18 professionals and 15 amateurs,” P.E.D. reports. “They range now from a low of 5.1 million (still BGC’s Colin Gillis) to a high of 5.98 million (StockCharts’ Daya Baren). The mean estimate of 5.58 million represents a 14% increase over the same quarter last year — and is 68,000 higher than the average 10 days ago.”

See all of the individual analyst’s Q1 2015 estimates here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. > IDC’s ‘preliminary’ estimate 5.75 million Macs shipped in the December quarter looked high to our panel of analysts…

    What’s more useless than a typical Apple “analyst”? A “panel of analysts.” 🙂

  2. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, as the saying goes. IDC’s estimate is probably in the ballpark, but I think the company has done well this quarter overall due to a general perception of the company executing well. I’m inclined to lean towards the higher-end of the consensus range.

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  3. It will be truly amazing if Apple sell 5.75M Macs in the Xmas quarter. Typically the earlier quarter when education sales take place is when Mac sales peak in the year.
    It is quite odd that IDC are predicting this since they usually cite significantly lower numbers that Apple achieve.
    I am wondering if this is a ploy to produce high expectations so that Apple can fail.

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