Apple is widely expected to have new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks just waiting to be announced, but that wasn’t stopping people from buying a ton of Macs in the third quarter of the year. That’s according to new numbers shared by Canalys.
According to those numbers, the global PC market grew 4% during the quarter with more than 84 million machines shipped.
Apple is set to hold its fiscal Q4 earnings call on October 28, with Canalys saying that disruption to the global supply chain could see an impact next year.
Disruption to the global supply chain and logistics network remains the key inhibitor of higher growth in the PC market. More than a year on from the onset of the pandemic, manufacturing continues to be hindered by lockdowns and other COVID-19 related restrictions, particularly in Asia. This has been compounded by a massive slowdown in global transportation with freight prices and delay times skyrocketing as a number of industries compete to meet unfulfilled demand. The shortfall in supply of PCs is expected to last well into 2022, with the holiday season of this year set to see a significant portion of orders not met. Vendors able to manage this period of operational upheaval by diversifying production and distribution and having better visibility of orders to prioritize device allocation will be equipped to ride out the storm.
In terms of Apple, the report claims that Apple shipped 7.82 million Macs during the quarter, an increase of 14.4%.
Apple will no doubt be hoping that increased demand due to the new MacBook Pro launches will also benefit the company as well, with improved CPU performance and new mini-LED screens set to make the 2021 MacBook Pro a very impressive machine indeed.
Apple’s 14% growth saw it account for 9.3% of the market, an increase from 8.5% of the same period last year.
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