Just when many people believed that the era of substantial growth in Mac sales has passed, Apple released the M1 Mac based on its self-developed ARM chip in the second half of 2020, and it has successfully aroused strong consumer interest.
According to the latest market research report released by IDC, by the first quarter of 2021, the overall shipment volume of the PC industry has increased by 55% year-on-year. At the same time, Mac sales ushered in a staggering 111.5% growth in the first quarter.
This trend may be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have chosen to work remotely from home or teach online, which has promoted the recovery of sales in the PC market. IDC specific figures show that Apple sold about 6.6 million Macs from January to March, compared with about 3.3 million in the same period last year. The PC market share has also increased from 5.8% to 8%.
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IDC’s Ryan Reith predicts: Looking ahead to 2021, there is still considerable potential for PC growth in the business, consumer, and education sectors. However, in the context of continued shortages in the semiconductor supply chain, suppliers’ inventory replenishment and customer order fulfillment capabilities will be greatly affected. But even if the PC industry has undergone a fundamental change, he is still optimistic about the prospects for the next few years.
The detailed table of PC manufacturers’ 2021 Q1 sales and market share shared by IDC shows that even ignoring Apple, the sales of Acer, HP, Lenovo and other companies have achieved amazing year-on-year growth.
However, after Apple first released the M1 Mac product line in November last year, its excellent energy efficiency performance (and the announcement of a full transition to the Apple Silicon platform in 2 years) still made the Windows PC camp based on x86 chips feel a bit of pressure.
Even though the current M1 chip is only used on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air / MacBook Pro and Mac mini, Apple will obviously introduce it to other product segments in the future, such as the two new iMac models implied in macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta (Or 21.5 / 27-inch version).
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