So far, Apple's popular
tablet does not appear to be cannibalizing the company's PC sales.
) recently announced that its share of the PC market hit 4.19%
in the second quarter of 2010, up from 3.49% in the first quarter.
Apple competes with other PC manufacturers like Dell (
) and HP (
Apple's PC share gains came despite the April 3 launch of the
iPad. Considering Apple's robust PC market performance, it does not
appear that many consumers are choosing iPads over Apple
notebook or desktop PCs. We believe this could be due to the halo
effect that the ballyhooed iPad launch created around all Apple
products, including Macs.
It remains to be seen whether iPad will become a cannibalistic
threat to the Mac in the long term. Our analysis follows below.
Mac share forecast
According to management
, Apple sold 3.47 million Macs in the second quarter of 2010, which
is 18% more than the 2.94 million Macs sold in the first quarter.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 82.87 million in Q2 of 2010, down
from 84.37 million in Q1, according to Gartner, a tech market
research firm. Meanwhile, we expect Apple to sell around 10 million
iPads in all of 2010.
We estimate that Macintosh PCs constitute 14% of the $337 Trefis
price estimate for Apple's stock. We expect Mac notebooks to
increase their market share from 5.04% in 2009 to 8.74% by the end
of the Trefis forecast period. We expect Apple's desktop market
share to increase from 2.69% in 2009 to 6.49% by 2016.
Based on Apple's PC market share gains in the second quarter of
this year, when the iPad launch dominated media coverage of Apple,
we see potential for Mac sales to increase even more rapidly than
our current forecast. In the event that Apple's notebook share
increases to 10% and its desktop share increases to 8% by 2016,
there could be an upside of of 2% to our price estimate.
You can drag the trend-lines in the charts below to create your
own forecasts for Apple's notebook and desktop market shares,
respectively, and see how they impact the company's stock
Although the iPad may well be boosting Mac sales in the short
term by stimulating consumer interest in all things Apple, we can't
say whether this happy trend has long-term legs. In the past, the
iPod exerted a similar halo effect on Mac sales. On the other
hand, the iPhone cannibalized a significant portion of iPod
In another article, we discussed the possible impact of iPad
cannibalization on Mac sales.
You can see
the complete $337 Trefis Price estimate for
Apple's stock here.