Apple PC shipments pick up before the release of the new MacBook Pro
Apple PC shipments pick up before the release of the new MacBook Pro

Before Apple plans to release results for the fourth quarter of 2021 on October 28, market research firm Canalys released comprehensive data for the same quarter.

Data shows that the global PC market contracted 5% in the third quarter of 2021 and that shipments of desktop and laptop computers (including workstations) stabilized at 84.1 million units after five quarters of double-digit growth.

Despite the lower growth, sales are still at a relatively high level due to the good development in the third quarter of 2020. Therefore, the average annual growth rate of the PC market over two years was 9% in the third quarter of 2019.

Despite the high demand for computers, companies face a number of problems that make it very difficult to get them.

With the constant backlog, suppliers and distributors keep working hard to close orders. Deliveries of laptops and mobile workstations increased 3% to 67.4 million units compared to the previous year. Shipments of desktop computers and workstations rose 12% to 16.6 million units.

Disruption of global supply chains and logistics networks remains a major obstacle to further growth in the PC market. More than a year after the outbreak, manufacturing continues to be hampered by coronavirus shutdowns and other restrictions, particularly in Asia.

As many industries compete to meet unmet demand, global transportation has slowed down dramatically, freight rates have increased dramatically, and delays have exacerbated this situation.

The computer shortage is expected to last until 2022, when this year's vacation will not be able to meet most of the demand.

Apple is the fourth largest computer manufacturer

Suppliers who can handle this downtime are equipped with production and sales diversification and better visibility into orders to prioritize material allocation to solve problems.

It is one of the top five computer hardware providers. In the third quarter of 2021, deliveries continued to increase with one exception. Lenovo leads the market with shipments of 19.8 million units and an annual growth rate of 2.5%.

HP retains second place. But it fell 5.7%. Shipping of Chromebooks is the responsibility of the United States.

Dale, who finished third, was the big winner. Its sales exceeded 15 million units and achieved the highest growth rate of 26.7%. In addition, the market share increased by more than 3% compared to the previous year.

Apple and Acer took fourth and fifth places with 14.4% and 5.7% gains, respectively. The former also benefits from increased market share.

Canalys estimates that Apple shipped 7.82 million Macs this quarter. This corresponds to a market share of 9.3%. In contrast, the market share in the same period of the previous year was 8.5%.

Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific excluding Japan experienced strong annual shipment growth. and increased by 17%, 16% and 13%, respectively.

Total shipments to North America (USA and Canada) are dropping more than 9% annually. Japan also saw the biggest drop, with PC shipments down about 30%.

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