Mac continued to grow faster in 2021 than any Windows brand

Apple’s line of M1 processors are big and good for sales, according to a report from Canalys. Like Windows Central First reported, overall PC sales increased in 2020 and 2021. According to the report, PC sales last year were “15% higher than last year, 27% higher than 2019 and the largest total of shipments since 2012 ”.

Apple has by far the biggest percentage gains. Annual growth was 28%, and the company shipped 7.8 million units in 2021. While Apple’s growth is impressive, its market share remains relatively small compared to its competitors. Although Lenovo and HP’s market share has declined overall, they still represent 45.8% of the market and have shipped over 153.3 million units.

A screenshot of the Canalys report.
Source: Canalys

A 28% jump in one year is still impressive. Part of this massive growth is undoubtedly due to the popularity of the M1 series processors. The buzz around M1 in 2020 has been massive, and the releases of the redesigned iMac and revised MacBook Pros have definitely contributed to that growth.

Even in a market where all computer sales have grown, Apple has far outperformed its competition. Lenovo, the biggest in terms of market share, grew only 13.1% from 2020, and HP only grew by 9.5%. Of course, this “only” is in the context of tremendous growth for all. Dell has led the way in the growth of Windows PCs with 18% year-over-year growth.

Even with unprecedented growth, Apple only accounts for 8.5% of the market.

The report covers all PC sales including desktops and laptops and has some pretty interesting data. On the one hand, individuals with more than one PC are becoming the norm in more developed markets, and the market is becoming increasingly saturated as younger and older consumers get their hands on PCs.

As Ishan Dutt, senior analyst at Canalys said:

“From a long-term perspective, the most important developments in 2021 have been the sharp increases in PC penetration and usage rates. Computers are now in the hands of younger students and older family members, while owning two or more computers per person has become more common in developed markets. Since the start of the pandemic, a larger-than-normal proportion of PCs shipped have been new additions to the installed base rather than replacement devices, especially in areas such as education and remote working. “

It will be interesting to see how PC sales continue in 2022 as the silicon shortage narrows and more components and devices become more readily available.


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