Apple’s worldwide Mac shipments grew slightly in the first quarter of 2022, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by gartner, Apple shipped an estimated 7 million Macs during the quarter, an increase of 8.6 percent from 6.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Gartner’s Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)
Apple was the number four vendor during the quarter, a position it has held for some time. The market share stood at 9 percent, up from 7.7 percent in the first quarter of 2021. The overall PC market was more volatile, and many vendors saw decreased shipments.
Lenovo remained the number one PC vendor in Q1 2022 with 18.3 million PCs shipped, but saw a 12.6 percent drop in the number of shipments. Number two vendor HP saw a drop of 17.8 percent and shipped 15.9 million PCs. Dell came in third with 13.7 million PCs shipped and a five percent increase, while ASUS and Acer were fifth and six sellers.
Apple’s market share trend: 1Q06-1Q22 (Gartner)
Overall, 77.5 million PCs were shipped in the first quarter of 2022, down 7.3 percent from the 83.6 million shipped in the first quarter of 2021. Gartner says that overall PC shipment numbers were affected by declining Chromebook sales in the educational market.
In the United States, Apple was the number four seller with 2.8 million Macs, representing an impressive 18.6 percent increase from 2.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple’s US market share fell to 14.5 percent, up from 10.2 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Gartner’s Preliminary US PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)
Dell, HP and Lenovo all shipped more PC units in the US than Apple, with shipments of 5.1 million, 4.3 million and 3.3 million respectively.
Apple has seen success with its M1-based Macs, most recently introducing the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models in October 2021, and the M1 Max and M1 Ultra Mac Studio models in March. Apple is close to converting its entire Mac line to Apple silicon-powered machines, with only the Mac Mini and Mac Pro continuing to use Intel chips.
IDC also issued its own shipping estimate This morning, seeing similar growth for Apple. According to IDC, Apple shipped an estimated 7.2 million Macs, up from an estimated 6.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
The data shared by Gartner and IDC is approximate and does not reflect Apple’s actual sales, and the numbers can fluctuate significantly over time. Estimated data used to be confirmed when Apple provided quarterly earnings results with actual Mac sales information, but Apple no longer breaks down unit sales for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, making it impossible to determine exact sales numbers.