The Mac grows amid a PC market that is shrinking


In the midst of a dwindling PC market, the Mac keeps on growing.

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More and more PCs are falling behind Apple’s M1 series.

In the first quarter of 2022, the number of laptop shipments fell by seven percent as compared to the same period of the previous year. There are two main reasons given for the decline in IT investment: individuals returning to the workplace and school funds shifting away from IT spending.


The demand for Apple’s M1 range of laptops has kept overall commercial laptop sales robust, according to Eric Smith, Director of Connected Computing at Strategy Analytics.

“There was only a 7% decline in the overall notebook market compared to last year, but the demand for Windows 11 PCs and Macbooks with the M1 chipset remained robust, as most large and small businesses continue to use hybrid workstations and spend more money on high-quality goods. Premium Windows laptops from Dell and MacBooks with the M1 processor from Apple are strong examples of market growth sectors.”

Generally speaking, PC shipments have decreased over the last year, according to a research. In spite of this, Dell and Apple saw a rise in sales and a gain in market share.

  • This year, Lenovo delivered 14.4 million units, a fall of -12 percent from Q4 of the previous calendar year, while maintaining the number one position by a margin of 23 percent.
  • Since Q1 2016, HP’s market share has fallen below 20 percent for the first time since the first quarter of 2016 when the company shipped just over 12.5 million notebook PCs in the first quarter of 2022.
  • In the first quarter, Dell delivered 10.5 million units, an increase of over two percentage points in market share over the previous year’s quarter to reach 16.5 percent. Dell was the only major vendor to have grown by more than 5 percent year over year.
  • A 4 percent increase in MacBook sales in the first quarter of 2019 carries over from the previous two quarters, as 6.1 million MacBooks were shipped.
  • In the first quarter of 2022, Acer remained in fifth place worldwide, shipping 4.7 million notebook PCs, a -5 percent decrease from the previous year.

Also, the M1 series will be continued by Apple. In addition to the new MacBook Air and Mac Pro slated to be released before the end of the year, Apple has yet to make an announcement.

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