Apple led the advanced notebooks market during Q4 2021 with a record 54% share credited to its 2021 MacBook Pro with a mini-LED display, according to a new report. In addition, the tech giant sold more of these models in the fourth quarter of 2021 than all OLED laptops combined.
Apple saw record growth in Q4 2021 thanks to the 2021 MacBook Pro
From a recent DSCC (Display Supply Chain Consultants) report:
Q4’21 was a record quarter for Advanced Notebook displays rising 298% Q/Q and 1717% Y/Y to 4.8M panels. On an annual basis, 2021 was up 629% Y/Y to 8.2M panels. 2021 was 10% higher than predicted as both Apple’s MiniLED MacBook Pro’s and OLEDs outperformed in Q4’21. MiniLEDs surged to a 54% share in Q4’21 and earned a 32% share for the year on Apple’s successful launch of its 14.2” and 16.2” MacBook Pro’s. Apple surprised its competition with the 120Hz implementation with no OLED notebooks yet available at 120Hz. 2021 MiniLED results ended up being 30% above our forecast despite supply chain constraints as Apple and its partners worked through these issues better than expected.
In Q4, 2021, the 14-inch MacBook Pro variant captured a 28% market share, the 16-inch model captured a 26% market share, and the 14-inch OLED captured a 17% market share. DSCC experts predict that the advanced notebook market will rise 126% year-over-year to 18.5M units in Q1 2022. The market will be split 50% for mini-LED displays and 50% for OLED displays.
As per the report, the Cupertino tech giant is expecting to continue leading this category with the MacBook Pro from Q4 2021 to Q4 2022 with an estimated 56% revenue share and 40% unit share in each quarter.
Recent industry reports suggest that Apple is set to launch an entry-level MacBook Pro powered by the advanced M2 chip sometime this year. However, to differentiate the new laptop from the 2021 MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, it will not feature a ProMotion or mini-LED display, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.