Mac Shipments Up in Q1 2022 Amid Worldwide PC Shipment Decline

Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were slightly up in the first quarter of 2022, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner. Apple shipped an estimated 7 million Macs during the quarter, up from 6.5 million in the year-ago quarter, marking 8.6 percent growth.

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Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)

Apple was the number four vendor during the quarter, a position that it has held for some time. Market share was at 9 percent, up from 7.7 percent in Q1 2021. The overall PC market was more unstable, and several vendors saw a decrease in shipments.

Lenovo continued to be the number one PC vendor in Q1 2022 with 18.3 million PCs shipped, but saw a 12.6 percent decline in the number of shipments. HP, the number two vendor, saw a 17.8 percent decline and shipped 15.9 million PCs. Dell came in at number three with 13.7 million PCs shipped and five percent growth, while ASUS and Acer were the number five and six vendors.

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Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q22 (Gartner)

Overall, there were 77.5 million PCs shipped in the first quarter of 2022, down 7.3 percent from the 83.6 million shipped in the first quarter of 2021. Gartner says that overall PC shipment numbers were impacted by a decline in Chromebook sales in the educational market.

In the United States, Apple was the number four vendor with 2.8 million Macs shipped, up from 2.3 million in the year-ago quarter, marking impressive growth of 18.6 percent. Apple's U.S. market share came in at 14.5 percent, up from 10.2 percent in the year-ago quarter.

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Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)

Dell, HP, and Lenovo all shipped more PC units than Apple in the U.S., with shipments of 5.1 million, 4.3 million, and 3.3 million, respectively.

Apple has seen success with its M1-based Macs, most recently introducing the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models in October 2021 and the ‌M1 Max‌ and M1 Ultra Mac Studio models in March. Apple is close to converting its entire Mac line to Apple silicon powered machines, with just the Mac mini and the Mac Pro continuing to use Intel chips.

IDC also released its own shipping estimates this morning, noting similar growth for Apple. According to IDC, Apple shipped an estimated 7.2 million Macs, up from an estimated 6.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

Data shared by Gartner and IDC is estimated and not reflective of Apple's actual sales, and the numbers can fluctuate quite a bit over time. Estimated data used to be able to be confirmed when Apple provided quarterly earnings results with actual Mac sales information, but Apple no longer breaks out unit sales for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, making it impossible to determine exact sales numbers.

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Top Rated Comments

genovelle Avatar
29 months ago
I love how Apple is quietly marching up the chart. They did the same with phones once they took the control of their chips development in-house.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
29 months ago

The iPad sells 17.5 million in the 4Q of last year… sees the Mac sold juuuust over 7 million in the 1Q…
Pats the Mac on the head, “Good job buddy! Yeah you did REAL good! Good work! WAY TO GO!”
Yes, but Mac revenues were 49.7% higher than iPad revenues last quarter. The ASP of a Mac is clearly way above that of an iPad.

Or, to put that a different way: many iPads sold are those $329 ones, and often for education markets (where they're $299).
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
29 months ago
This is because people who are working from home and on video calls don't want good cameras showing every blemish on their faces and backgrounds. So they buy Macs with the cams from 15 years ago.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SamRyouji Avatar
29 months ago
I'm not surprised at all. After all the breakthrough apple put with M1 family on Mac family, it's not hard to see everybody jumps back to get to Mac again. Not to mention the sweet cherry on top that is: p.o.r.t.s
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
29 months ago
A lot of the past PC sale increases were related to people being stuck at home because of the pandemic, this latest trend by Apple means that Macs are growing/maintaining their marketplace share in comparison.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
29 months ago
As I understand, Lenovo in particular has had supply chain shortages, so these may reflect what they *could* sell, not what they might have sold if they had sufficient supply.

Not that Apple isn't having some issues of their own, just not as pronounced outside of a few models.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)