IDC: Mac shipments grow slightly year-over-year in Q2

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in Current Mac Hardware edited July 12
Apple continues to benefit from a PC demand surge, but growth appears to be slowing down for the greater PC market, a new report suggests.

Mac growth continues thanks to market demand and new device releases
Mac growth continues thanks to market demand and new device releases


Demand for PCs can be attributed to the ongoing pandemic and the shift to work from home. Apple has also gained market attention from its transition to Apple Silicon processors in its Mac lineup.

According to an IDC report, PC demand remains strong in Q2 2021, but the market conditions may be cooling. Q2 2021 saw only a 13% growth in the PC market after it grew 55.9% in Q1.

"The PC market's hot streak continued to drive heavy investments from the supply side including the entry of new vendors as well as additional spend from underdogs," said Jitesh Ubrani research manager for IDC's Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers. "And while the top 5 continue to drive volume, the smaller vendors have helped drive growth by offering unique features or niche designs."

Apple tied for the fourth most popular PC brand with Acer. Both companies ranked below Lenovo, HP, and Dell by shipments. Apple saw 6,156 shipments with 9.4% YoY growth in the PC segment.

Top 5 PC companies Q2 2021. Source: IDC
Top 5 PC companies Q2 2021. Source: IDC


IDC expects consumer demand to slow as offices open back up. However, that in turn means the commercial segment could add additional demand.

Apple released the 24-inch iMac in April 2021, which could account for the slight year-over-year growth increase. More redesigned Macs are expected in the fall, which could continue to drive demand.

The IDC report draws its information from supply chain sources, which historically are not always reliable. Expect to hear more information on Mac performance during the quarterly earnings report on July 27.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Demand is outstripping supply at all of these companies, so it is hard to draw firm conclusions.
    FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 2 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,020member
    I'm not surprised to see double-digit growth at Dell, not even at Lenovo.  They both have such a wide assortment of machines (I bought a couple myself) but the same relative growth at Acer surprises me more than just a little. 

    Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q2 2021 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)

    Company

    2Q21 Shipments

    2Q21 Market Share

    2Q20 Shipments

    2Q20 Market Share

    2Q21/2Q20 Growth

    1. Lenovo

    20,005

    23.9%

    17,407

    23.6%

    14.9%

    2. HP Inc.

    18,594

    22.2%

    18,104

    24.5%

    2.7%

    3. Dell Technologies

    13,976

    16.7%

    12,010

    16.3%

    16.4%

    4T. Apple*

    6,156

    7.4%

    5,630

    7.6%

    9.4%

    4T. Acer Group*

    6,088

    7.3%

    5,177

    7.0%

    17.6%

    Others

    18,795

    22.5%

    15,551

    21.0%

    20.9%

    Total

    83,614

    100.0%

    73,879

    100.0%

    13.2%

  • Reply 3 of 7
    Remember that these numbers are from IDC, which has a poor record over the last few decades. So your surprise may simply be a reflection of the source's methodologies rather than the market realities.
    JWSCnarwhalArchStanton
  • Reply 4 of 7
    smalmsmalm Posts: 671member
    Remember that these numbers from IDC include Cromebooks.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    IreneWIreneW Posts: 225member
    smalm said:
    Remember that these numbers from IDC include Cromebooks.
    Why do you think that? This seems to be stationary PC's only, I can't imagine Apple sells only 6000 MacBooks in a quarter.. 
  • Reply 6 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,020member
    smalm said:
    Remember that these numbers from IDC include Cromebooks.
    Chromebooks are grouped with tablets and would not be part of these reported numbers from what I'm seeing.  This link would be the equivalent IDC paper for Chromebooks and tablets:
    https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS47648021

    As @IreneW ; indicated the figures in this article's report are using, and I quote from IDC "Traditional PCs include Desktops, Notebooks, and Workstations and do not include Tablets or x86 Servers."

    I don't know for certain why IDC treats Chromebooks as tablet equivalents tho I suppose many of them are detachable or slate-style devices, and generally (not always) need an internet connection and obviously not what we would consider a laptop.
    edited July 18
  • Reply 7 of 7
    IreneW said:
    smalm said:
    Remember that these numbers from IDC include Cromebooks.
    Why do you think that? This seems to be stationary PC's only, I can't imagine Apple sells only 6000 MacBooks in a quarter.. 
    I believe the numbers are in 000s. So Apple will have sold 6,156,000. That would also be in line with Mac sector quarterly revenue of 8 to 10 billion (assuming a guesstimate sale price average 1250$).
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