Global Mac shipments grew 94% year-over-year in Q1 2021

As per a new research, global Mac shipments grew 94% year-over-year in Q1 2021 thanks to continuous demand from work from home users and remote studies. The unprecedented demand took off last year due to the pandemic when the majority of the world starting working remotely, and even as things improve in certain parts of the world, hybrid work models are taking over.

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Mac continued to sell well in Q1 2021

The new research by Strategy Analytics shows that demand for notebook PCs is still high due to an increase in e-learning, remote working, and gaming. This demand has also made it difficult for the chip industry to keep up and chip shortages are affecting different industries around the globe.

Work-from-home demand and the notebook PC upgrade cycle were the main driving factors for commercial demand, while the consumer segment contributed with strong e-learning and gaming activity from home in the first quarter. All of this occurred despite supply chain shortages, meaning that there is still pent-up demand going forward in 2021.

Apple had already said that its iPad and Mac production will be impacted in Q3 2021 due to global chip shortages. TSMC has said that chip shortages are expected to continue well into 2022.

As per Strategy Analytics’ report, Eric Smith, Director at Connected Computing said:

Vendors managed to deliver notebooks despite the ongoing components shortage and big vendors managed to fulfil large orders before their original delivery date. The emerging hybrid work pattern as well as the continuing need for learn-from-home devices added to consumer upgrade sales, making Q1 2021 the strongest first quarter after many years. The favorable comparison to the dire situation last year also helped with the strong growth figures.

Along with Macs, other brands like Lenovo, HP, and Acer also saw similar growth, posting year-over-year numbers of 84%, 91%, and 94% respectively. Dell is number two in terms of global PC shipments however its growth was much slower compared to the industry average at just 37%.

A recent report from IDC had said that Mac shipments grew 111.5% year-over-year in Q1 2021. Apple is also selling more M1 Macs than Intel Macs right now, so this might also be a contributing factor in increased shipments as users continue to upgrade to the new fast and efficient computers.

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