Mac continued to grow faster in 2021 than any Windows brand

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According to a report from Canalys, Apple’s M1 processor line is a big deal and is good for sale. As Windows Central First reported, PC sales overall grew in both 2020 and 2021. According to the report, PC sales last year were “up 15% over last year, 27% higher than in 2019, and the largest shipment since 2012.”

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Apple’s percentage-wise gain was by far the biggest. Annual growth came in at 28%, and the company shipped 7.8 million units in 2021. Although Apple’s growth is impressive, it still has a comparatively small market share compared to its competitors. Although Lenovo and HP’s market share fell overall, they still make up a combined 45.8% of the market and shipped over 153.3 million units.

Screenshot of the Canalys report.
Source: Canalis

However, the jump of 28% in one year is still impressive. Part of that massive growth is undoubtedly thanks to the popularity of the M1 series processors. The buzz around the M1 in 2020 was massive, and the release of the redesigned iMac and overhauled MacBook Pros certainly contributed to that growth.


Even in a market where all computer sales soared, Apple still outperformed its competitors. Lenovo, the largest in terms of market share, grew only 13.1% in 2020, and HP grew only 9.5%. Of course, that’s “only” in the context of huge increases for all of them. Dell led the way in Windows-based PC growth with 18% year-over-year growth.

Even with the phenomenal growth, Apple only makes up 8.5% of the market.

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The report covers all sales of PCs, including desktops and notebooks, and has some very interesting data. For one, individuals with more than one PC are becoming the norm in more developed markets, and the market is becoming more saturated as younger and older consumers get their hands on PCs.

As Canalys Senior Analyst Ishaan Dutt said:

“From a long-term perspective, the most significant developments in 2021 were the large increase in PC penetration and usage rates. PCs are now in the hands of both young students and older family members, while in developed markets it has become common to own two or more PCs per person. Since the start of the pandemic, the general proportion of shipped PCs have been new additions to the installed base rather than replacement devices, particularly in areas such as education and remote work. ,

It will be interesting to see how PC sales continue into 2022 as silicon shortages ease and more components and devices become more readily available.

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