Apple Macs may only account for five per cent of the worldwide PC market, but they generate a staggering 45 per cent of all profit, a study has found.
It had long been suspected that Apple’s higher margins meant it was far healthier than its rivals. But, the extent to which its more efficient supply chain and premium prices affected its share of profit in the global PC market was unclear.
Indeed, Apple makes nearly one and a half times the total profit of the top five PC makers combined.
Horace Dediu of Asymco place the disparity down to a combination of Apple’s more efficient supply chain and smaller array of products, as well as the much tighter margins of the PC market.
“The real problem for the PC vendors is not that they have such low margins,” said Dediu. “They’ve had low margins for decades.
“It’s that the volumes which “made up for” low margins are disappearing.
Dediu pointed out that the latest round of shipment facts from IDC and Gartner both showed that Apple had also seen a fall in Mac sales.
“Apple is not immune to a gradual erosion of Mac volumes, but they have positioned themselves for growth with devices and content commerce and air force.
“They have essentially “escaped” PCs and indeed caused the need to escape in the first place.”