According to new research, Apple’s Mac shipments grew 4.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2022 while the PC market saw a slump. The impact of the pandemic on causing a rise in computer sales is starting to slow, but Apple is not affected as much as its competitors.
While global PC shipments slumped in Q1 2022, Apple’s Mac shipments continued to see growth
The PC market saw double-digit growth due to students and employees having to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the industry boom has started to slow. This can be seen in the year-on-year reduction in unit shipments for Q1, 2022. However, Apple was one of the companies that continued to see growth during the quarter.
In figures released by IDC, we can see that Apple accumulated 7.2 million shipments of Macs and MacBooks in Q1 2022, which is a 4.3% year-on-year from Q1 2021, which saw 6.9 million shipments. The rise in sales can be attributed to new hardware releases including the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The increase helped in the growth of Apple’s PC market share which went to 8.9% from 8.1%. The PC industry as a whole slumped 5.1% compared to 2021 with shipments going from 84.8 million to 80.5 million.
Lenovo remained in the top spot during the quarter with a 22.7% market share, despite a 9.2% reduction in shipments to 18.3 million. HP came in second place with a 19.7% market share and a reduction of 17.8% year-on-year. Dell saw growth of 6.1% with 13.7 million shipments helping it secure a 17.1% share of the market. The fifth spot is a tie between Asus and Acer, with each company having 5.5 million and 5.4 million units respectively. However, Asus saw 17.7% growth, while Acer dropped shipments by 5.9%.
The overall decline in shipments is said to be caused by ongoing supply chain shortages, as well as a “challenging comparison to a strong 1Q21,” IDC suggests. The quarter still marks the seventh consecutive quarter where global shipments surpassed 80 million, an accomplishment not seen since 2012.
“The focus shouldn’t be on the year-over-year decline in PC volumes because that was to be expected,” said IDC group vice president. “The focus should be on the PC industry managing to ship more than 80 million PCs at a time when logistics and supply chain are still a mess, accompanied by numerous geopolitical and pandemic-related challenges.”
In Apple’s Q1, 2022 results in January, Mac sales accounted for $10.9 billion of its total revenue with 25% growth. The growth can be attributed to the high-performance of M1 series chips.