The Mac continues to grow in a declining PC market

Apple’s M1 line continues to outperform the majority of the PC market.

According to a new report from a data analytics firm Strategic analysis, laptop shipments fell 7% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter last year. The company says people returning to the office and education budgets are moving away from IT spending to explain the decline.

Eric Smith, director of connected computing at Strategy Analytics, said overall sales of commercial laptops remained strong due to demand for Apple’s M1 line of computers.

“The total notebook market was down only 7% from a year ago, commercial enterprise demand remained strong for Windows 11 PCs and MacBooks powered by the M1 chipset, as most customers of enterprises and SMBs are still choosing hybrid work options and spending more on quality products. Dell and Apple are good examples of the growing segments of the market: high-end Windows laptops and MacBooks with the M1 chipset . »

Source: Daniel Bader/Android Central

According to the report, most PC makers saw year-over-year shipment declines. However, Dell and Apple saw increased shipments and gained higher market share.

  • Lenovo shipped (sold) 14.4 million units in Q4 2021 (calendar year), representing a -12% growth decline while retaining the top spot at 23%
  • HP was the hardest hit in the first quarter, with laptop shipments down -20% year-over-year in Q1 2022 to 12.5 million units; market share also fell below 20.0% for the first time since the first quarter of 2016
  • Dell was the only tier-one vendor to post more than 5% year-over-year growth, with 10.5 million units shipped in the first quarter, gaining nearly two percentage points market share in the quarter of last year to reach 16.5%.
  • Apple MacOS continued the momentum of the past two quarters, with shipments reaching 6.1 million MacBooks in the first quarter, up 4% from the first quarter of 2021
  • Acer retained 5th place globally in Q1 2022 with 4.7 million laptops shipped, down -5% year-over-year

Apple isn’t done with the M1 range either. The company is yet to announce a redesigned MacBook Air and Mac Pro, both of which are expected to launch by the end of this year.

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Steven L. Nielsen