Apple sold a record 6.5 million Macs in the third quarter of 2021

Despite the global chip shortage, notebook PCs had another great quarter, growing 8 percent year over year. The demand for premium products and consumer spending also increased thanks to discounts on the MacBook Air and game-oriented notebooks.

According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, Apple was the fourth largest notebook PC supplier in the third quarter of this year, while Lenovo came in first. The MacBook maker sold 6.5 million units with a 10 percent market share and year-on-year growth. Top of the chart Lenovo sold a whopping 15.3 million units and achieved a market share of 23 percent, although year-over-year growth was only a dismal 5 percent.

Apple’s M1-powered MacBooks and Macs offer superior performance and battery life than competing Windows laptops in a leaner form factor. Unsurprisingly, the demand for new Macs has grown steadily from quarter to quarter. For Lenovo, this is the fourth straight quarter that it has shown chart-topping business performance. HP notebooks were the second highest sales figure, despite a five percent year-over-year decline in sales volume. Dell had an outstanding 50 percent year-over-year growth, the highest in the segment.

In its earnings report for the third quarter, Apple posted sales of $ 81.4 billion. The report said that revenue from Mac and iPad sales continued to grow thanks to the move to remote working and learning. Macs outperformed the third quarter by 1.25 times last year and saw an impressive $ 2.3 billion year-over-year increase in sales.

Industry analyst Chirag Upadhyay said:

“The commercial customer upgrade began when some employees went back to personal to improve productivity. Education demand (including consumers) was better in developed markets as the return to college discounts gave consumers good reason to move up now rather than later. It is noteworthy that the shortage of components and rising prices for manufacturing and freight costs also delayed some orders for many suppliers. In other words, the programs could have been even higher. “

Eric Smith, Director of Connected Computing for Strategy Analytics added

“Demand for education slowed in the US as most schools reopened for personal study and other expenses took precedence over computer purchases. With some vendors, orders have already been canceled or postponed until the new budget is available again for computing devices. “

Taken together, all manufacturers sold 66.8 million notebooks in the third quarter, and Chromebooks recorded a noticeable decline. However, we believe Mac sales will not grow as fast as Apple would have hoped for the current quarter, as the global chip shortage shows no signs of subsiding.

Strategy Analytics

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