Research firm TrendForce has calculated that the M1 Macs market share is currently 0.8% of all notebook computer sales, but expects new models to push Apple’s market share to 7% by summer, 2021.
The M1 chip has been heavily praised since its launch in late 2020. The chip has delivered an excellent performance that beats even the best Intel chips. The first M1 Macs included a 13-inch MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini.
2021 Apple Silicon 14 and 16-inch MacBooks expected to boost market share to 7% – Report
TrendForce begins by illustrating how the pandemic impacted notebook computer shipments this year due to millions of people having to work from home.
“Owing to the stay-at-home economy brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, not only did yearly notebook computer shipment surpass 200 million units for the first time ever, but the 22.5% YoY growth was also the highest on record, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations.”
The report goes on to claim that Apple’s M1 silicon processors, launched in late 2020, have not made a considerable dent in the market, accounting for less than one percent of the CPU market share. However, the research firm notes that the Cupertino tech giant is expected to release new devices later this year which could boost the market share of Apple silicon:
“Along with the release of Apple Silicon M1, Apple has also completed the integration between its hardware, software, and SaaS platforms. The company is expected to release 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, both of which will be equipped with Apple’s in-house CPUs, after 2Q21, raising Apple’s notebook market share to about 7%.”
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously predicted that Apple would release 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the M1 chip by the second or third quarter of 2021.
Apple itself has stated that the transition to Apple Silicon would take about two years. Other Apple Silicon Mac models said to be in the works include new iMac, Mac Pro, and iMac Pro variants.