Mac shipments climb in Q3 thanks to M1 Macs, says report

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • A new report says Mac shipments are up 11% in Q3.
  • Apple reportedly shipped 7.3 million units.
  • Counterpoint says this is largely down to the M1.

A new report says that the success of Apple's M1 Mac models has driven an 11% rise in Mac shipments in Q3 of 2021.

Counterpoint says that PC shipments as a whole grew again to a total of 84.2 million units despite supply constraints. With Lenovo leading the line ahead of HP, Dell, and then Apple:

Lenovo was in first place again in the third quarter with a 23.9% market share after shipping 20.1 million units, slightly above the Q2 number mainly due to its operational flexibility. HP's 20.5% share and 6% YoY decline were largely due to Chromebook slowdown as well as component shortages. Dell had a 30% YoY growth in the third quarter due to a relatively lower base and its commercial/premium product focus. Apple's shipments grew 11% YoY in Q3 2021 riding on the replacement demand for the M1 Mac. Asus shipments were boosted by both consumer and commercial segments. The brand took fifth place in Q3 beating Acer, which recorded a 3% YoY growth due to Chromebook slowdown.

An estimated rise of 11%, from 6.6 million units up to 7.3 million in Q3 of this year, helped Apple take an 8.7% market share.

Apple doesn't release Mac sales figures, so these numbers will be based on estimations. However, they could point to encouraging performance of devices like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 and MacBook Air with M1. This week Apple unveiled its new MacBook Pro (2021) with mini-LED display and new Apple silicon. The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips make it the best MacBook Apple has ever made.


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