Macbook Air M1Source: Daniel Bader / Android Central

What you need to know

  • A new report says that Apple's Mac shipments have climbed by 20% in Q2 of 2021.
  • Gartner claims Apple shipped 6 million units worldwide in 2Q21, taking 8.5% of the market share.

A new report from Gartner says that shipments of Apple's Mac have climbed by nearly 20% year on year in the second quarter of 2021.

A new report from the firm states the PC market as a whole is up about 4.6% year on year, with Apple showing the most growth of any PC vendor worldwide during the quarter:

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.6 million units in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 4.6% from the second quarter of 2020, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. While PC demand remained above pre-pandemic levels, this was a marked deceleration in growth compared to the record year over year growth of 35.7% in the first quarter of 2021, due in part to the impact of ongoing component shortages.

The figures, which don't include Chromebooks, state that Apple shipped 6 million Macs worldwide in the quarter, taking around 8.5% of the market share. This puts it behind Lenovo (24.1), HP (20%), and Dell (17%), but ahead of Acer and ASUS.

Apple's shipments grew by some 19.7% year on year, making it the fastest-growing PC vendor in the sector.

On home turf, Apple shipped around 2.4 million Macs in the US, a significantly higher market share of 16%, but only up 4.4% on the year. So whilst Apple currently commands a greater market share in the U.S., Mac shipments are accelerating at a much faster pace abroad.

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It's important to note, however, that these figures are based on estimates no official figures from Apple. A similar report from IDC today claims Apple's shipments for the Mac were similar at around 6.1 million, but tips this as only a 7.4% market share.

The report says Apple's growth is owed in part to improved availability, with the consumer market less impacted by component shortages and workarounds for some constraints. It is also no doubt driven by the success of Apple silicon, with devices like the MacBook Air with M1 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 proving to be some of the best MacBooks ever made. Apple is expected to release a new Mini-LED MacBook Pro later this year with a vastly improved Apple silicon processor.