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Apple ships a record 6.5 million MacBooks in the third quarter of 2021

Macbook Air M1
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What you need to know

  • Apple shipped a record 6.5 million MacBooks in the third quarter of 2021.
  • The number marks a 10% increase over the third quarter of 2020.

The Mac is back and setting new shipment records.

According to new data from analytics firm Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped a record 6.5 million MacBooks in the September quarter, a 10% increase when compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Chirag Upadhyay, an Industry Analyst, said that, without the supply chain shortages, shipments for the overall market would have been even higher across the board.

"The commercial customers' upgrade kicked in as some employees returned to in-person work with the target to improve productivity. Education demand (including consumer) was better in the developed market as back to university discounts gave consumers good reason to upgrade now rather than later. It's worth noting that the shortage of components and rising prices for manufacturing and freight costs also delayed some orders for many vendors. In other words, shipments could have been even higher."

Eric Smith, Director of Connected Computing, said that Chromebooks, however, have taken a hit recently.

"Chromebook shipment year-over-year growth was down to single digits after many quarters of strong sales. The education demand slowed down in the US as most schools reopened for in-person learning and other spending took priority over computer purchases. A few vendors already had orders cancelled or delayed until new budget becomes available for computing devices again."

Apple now holds a 10% market share in the global notebook industry, ahead of competitors like Asus. Lenovo, HP, and Dell still hold a larger market share than the company.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.