The Mac grows while PC market experiences ‘sharpest decline in nine years’


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While the worldwide PC market experienced “the sharpest decline in nine years,” the Mac continued to grow in both shipments and market share.

According a new report from Gartner, total PC shipments fell 12.6% to 72 million units in the second quarter of 2022. The firm says that the decline is due to “geopolitical, economic and supply chain challenges impacting all regional markets.” Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner, said that the decline in shipments is contunuing to accelerate from the first quarter into the second:

“The decline we saw in the first quarter of 2022 has accelerated in the second quarter, driven by the ongoing geopolitical instability caused by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, inflationary pressure on spending and a steep downturn in demand for Chromebooks. Supply chain disruptions also continued, but the major cause of PC delivery delays changed from component shortages to logistics disruptions. Enterprise buyers continued to experience longer PC delivery times than usual, but the lead times began to improve by the end of the second quarter, partially because key cities in China reopened in the middle of the quarter.”

That decline does not seem to be slowing down the Mac, however. When looking at worldwide shipments, Mac shipments grew from about 5,822,000 units in the second quarter of 2021 to 6,365,000 units in the second quarter of 2022. That led the Mac to grow from 7.1% to 8.8% market share, a total growth increase of 9.3%.

In the United States, Mac shipments grew from about 2,618,000 units in the second quarter of 2021 to 3,128,000 units in the second quarter of 2022. That led the Mac to grow from 10.5% to 15.3% market share, a total growth increase of 19.5%. In fact, Gartner says that “Apple was the only vendor to experience growth in the second quarter of 2022.”

The introduction of Apple silicon has revitalized the Mac for Apple. The company has redesigned many of its computers because of the capabilities of its new processors, latest of which is the new MacBook Air which will officially launch on Friday, July 15.

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