What you need to know
- Mac shipments reportedly grew by 14% in the third quarter of 2021.
- This enabled Apple to grow its market share from 8.5% to 9.3% year over year.
- The performance comes ahead of a rumored MacBook Pro event.
Apple continues to see growth in the Mac as its rumored MacBook Pro event looms.
According to new data from analytics firm Canalys, the Mac saw over 14% growth in the third quarter of 2021 and increased its market share from 8.5% to 9.3% year over year.
Ishan Dutt, the Senior Analyst at Canalys, said that the manufacturers who diversify their production and distribution channels will shield themselves most from supply chain and logistics issues. Apple has been one of the brands that has been more resilient to the ongoing chip shortage that has impacted production across a range of industries.
Apple is rumored to announce an October event that would see the introduction of a redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1X processor, mini-LED display, and the re-introduction of a number of ports like HDMI, SD Card slot, and more.
Bottom line: If you have the money to spring for the higher-end model, the iMac (2021) will likely surprise you. It's got enough power to accomplish all the basic tasks you could ask of a family computer and some leftover if you want to do a little more. Wrap that all up in a beautiful colored package and the iMac is one hell of a machine.
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.
Hard to believe but this has to be, on some level, a disappointment to Apple. While 14.4% is nothing to scoff at, when one considers that M1 MBA is clearly better than comparable competition, I think Apple would have expected 20% YoY. But Canalys is estimating. We'll see if they are correct at the earnings report in 2 weeks. Anything less than 11billion on Mac for the quarter will be a disappointment (could be part shortages causing an underperform).
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