Report: Apple's M1 Macs will lead industry in sales growth for 2021

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple Silicon Macs may shoot Apple to the top of the industry for sales growth in 2021.
  • The report believes that overall industry growth will slow in the fourth quarter of the year.

The M1 Macs are driving Apple's Mac performance to new heights in 2021.

A new report from TrendForce says that Apple is set to record some of the highest sales growth in the notebook industry for this year. The report attributes the company's new M1-powered Macs to the increased sales performance.

Regarding the shipment performance of various brands, Samsung and Apple will register the highest growths, with the former having Chromebooks account for nearly 50% of its total notebook shipment this year and the latter continuing to release MacBooks equipped with the M1 chip.

While everyone has seen incredible sales growth due to people working from home and going to school remotely during the pandemic, TrendForce believes that demand will begin to slow down in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Therefore, the slowdown of demand in the overall notebook market and in education sector bids will not come into force until 4Q21, during which notebook shipment is expected to reach 58 million units, a 3% QoQ decrease.

M1 Imac Back

M1 iMac Back (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

Apple is expanding its Apple Silicon processors to all of its Mac lineup within the next couple of years. Last year, the company launched the first M1-powered Macs with the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Earlier this year, the company launched the completely redesigned and completely colorful iMac.

Apple is also expected to announce new versions of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and a 14-inch MacBook Pro, which is expected to replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro, later this year. The new MacBook Pro models are anticipated to feature mini-LED displays, ditch the Touch Bar, and bring back a ton of ports like HDMI and an SD Card slot.

If you want to figure out the best Mac for you and are in need of one right now, check out our list of the Best Mac in 2021.

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.