According to new PC shipping projections released by Gartner, Apple’s worldwide Mac shipments increased modestly in the first quarter of 2022. Apple shipped an anticipated 7 million Macs in the third quarter, up from 6.5 million the year before, or an 8.6% increase.
During the quarter, Apple was the number four vendor, a position it has held for some time. In Q1 2021, the market share was at 9%, up from 7.7% in Q1 2021. The general PC market was more volatile, with shipments falling for several vendors.
With 18.3 million PCs supplied in Q1 2022, Lenovo remained the number one PC vendor, despite a 12.6 percent decrease in shipments. HP, the second-largest vendor, saw a 17.8% drop in sales, shipping 15.9 million PCs. With 13.7 million PCs shipped and a 5% increase, Dell was ranked third, while ASUS and Acer were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively.
Overall, 77.5 million PCs were shipped in the first quarter of 2022, down 7.3 percent from the first quarter of 2021, when 83.6 million were supplied. According to Gartner, a drop in Chromebook sales in the educational market hurt overall PC shipping numbers.
Apple was the fourth-largest seller in the US
Apple was the fourth-largest seller in the United States, with 2.8 million Macs supplied, up from 2.3 million in the previous quarter, representing an amazing 18.6% increase. Apple’s market share in the United States increased to 14.5 percent from 10.2 percent in the previous quarter.
In the United States, Dell, HP, and Lenovo all shipped more PCs than Apple, with 5.1 million, 4.3 million, and 3.3 million units shipped, respectively.
Apple’s M1-based Macs have been a hit, with the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models debuting in October 2021 and the M1 Max and M1 Ultra Mac Studio models debuting in March. Apple is on the verge of switching its entire Mac range to Apple silicon, with only the Mac mini and Mac Pro remaining on Intel CPUs.
Recently, IDC provided its shipment forecasts, predicting similar increases for Apple. According to IDC, Apple shipped 7.2 million Macs in the third quarter, up from 6.9 million in the previous quarter.
Gartner and IDC data is approximated and does not reflect Apple’s actual sales, and the numbers can change dramatically over time. Estimated data used to be able to be confirmed when Apple released quarterly financial reports with actual Mac sales data, but Apple no longer breaks apart unit sales for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, making exact sales statistics impossible to determine.