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In Q3-21 Apple shipped 6.5 Million MacBooks and delivered 10% Growth

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Despite the shortage of components and supply constraints, the notebook PC market delivered another great quarter with 8% year-over-year growth. Premium products gained momentum due to commercial demand, while consumer spending also increased thanks to higher discounts on premium products like MacBook Air and gaming notebooks.


The report goes on to note that uncertainty clouds the next several quarters as supply constraints increasingly catch up to top vendors.


In the chart below,  we see that Lenovo was solidly in the top spot followed by HP in second and Dell in third. Dell led the notebook market with Year-over-Year growth of 50%. Apple came in fourth place with 10% market share and 10% Year-over-Year growth.


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Eric Smith, Director – Connected Computing added, "Chromebook shipment year-over-year growth was down to single digits after many quarters of strong sales. The education demand slowed down in the US as most schools reopened for in-person learning and other spending took priority over computer purchases. A few vendors already had orders cancelled or delayed until new budget becomes available for computing devices again."


  • For the fourth quarter in a row Lenovo has dominated the market with a record in Notebook PC shipments (sell-in) of 15.3 million units in Q3 2021 (calendar year); this represented 5% growth from the 14.5 million shipped the year prior.
  • HP maintained the second position in third quarter for Notebook PC, as shipments reached 14.3 million in Q3 2021 representing a -5% decline year-over-year; since the pandemic began, this was the first quarter where shipments declined year-over-year for the company
  • In Q3 2021, Dell shipments grew to 12.2 million units at a 50% growth rate year-on-year; Dell maintained the third position globally but importantly gained 5.1 percentage points of market share over the last year's quarter to reach 18.2%
  • Apple MacOS business set an all-time record quarter in company history with shipments of more than 6.5 million MacBook in the September quarter, a 10% growth from Q3 2020
  • Asus broke through to the top 5 ranks with improved shipments across commercial and consumer users; in Q3 2021, Asus shipments grew to 5.1 million units at a 10% growth rate year-on-year


For more, read the full Strategy Analytics report.


With Apple launching their new M1 MacBooks in October, we should see a bit of bump in Apple's market share in Q4, though that's dependent on components and chips not holding Apple back too much.


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