Mac Shipments More Than Doubled in First Three Months of 2021 Compared to Same Period in 2020 [Updated]

The Mac experienced momentous growth in the first quarter of this year, with shipments growing by 111.5% compared to the same time period last year, according to market data from IDC.

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The data shows that the whole PC industry grew year-over-year, despite the global health crisis and component shortages. In Q1 of the year, Apple shipped roughly 6.7 million Macs, representing 8% of the whole market. Just a year ago in the same time period, Apple shipped around 3.2 million computers.

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Others such as Lenovo, HP, and Dell saw double-digit growth this quarter. However, Apple represented the most amount of growth. Ryan Reith, the vice president of IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker, says the industry has been hit due to ongoing component shortages but that the outlook remains positive.

The ongoing shortages in the semiconductor space only further prolong the ability for vendors to refill inventory and fulfill orders to customers. We believe a fundamental shift has occurred around the PC, which will result in a more positive outlook for years to follow.

Apple's performance this quarter follows significant growth in Q4 of last year, where thanks to new Apple silicon Macs, Apple saw a 31.3% increase in shipments compared to the same quarter a year prior.

In November, Apple released three brand new Macs powered by its own Apple silicon, driving sales amid work and learning from home procedures. Looking towards the coming months, Apple is expected to widen its lead in the PC industry thanks to the launch of redesigned MacBook Pros, iMacs, and more.

Update: Gartner has also shared its data for the first quarter of 2021, suggesting that Apple shipped an estimated 5.57 million Macs worldwide, up from the 3.75 million shipped in the year-ago quarter, marking growth of 48.6 percent.

In the U.S., Gartner believes Apple shipped just over 2 million Macs, up from 1.33 in the year-ago quarter for growth of 54.2 percent.

Tag: IDC

Top Rated Comments

portland-dude Avatar
15 months ago
Couldn't resist the call of m1
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thejadedmonkey Avatar
15 months ago
And functional keyboards, I'm sure that had an impact on upgrades too.
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mozumder Avatar
15 months ago
The PC is back, baby!

RIP Smartphones 2007-2021.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nexusrule Avatar
15 months ago

Funny how updating tech products leads to better sales of those products, isn't it?

If only Apple had a CEO who had more interest in product than bottles of Pepsi with a 50 year old recipe.
Luckly they have a CEO that thought smart to invest a lot of resources and years in developing in house silicon and then expand it across all their product lines when it became strategic. If Apple after just 4-5 years of being limited by Intel lack of improvements is already in the middle of an architecture shift it’s not because they have a CEO that’s sleeping.
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quarkysg Avatar
15 months ago
Hopefully incentive for Apple to accelerate the Apple Silicon transition.
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Captain Trips Avatar
15 months ago
Yep, between the M1 SoC, stimulus checks, and working from home I am not surprised to see Mac shipments improved.
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