Computer sales down, but not Macs

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Before the pandemic, computer sales around the world were in decline. Then, COVID-19 arrived and we saw a continuous increase in shipping around the world, driven by telecommuting.

But today, the demand is not so high. According to IDC data, the decline was 5.1% year-on-year. Lenovo, the world’s number one, saw its shipments fall by 9.2%, while HP’s shipments fell by 17.8%.

In contrast, shipments increased for Dell (6.1%), Apple (4.3%), and ASUS (17.7%). Moreover, in its analysis of these data, IDC relativizes.

“We have seen some slowdown in the education and consumer markets, but all indicators show that demand for commercial PCs remains very strong. We also believe that the consumer market will pick up in the near future”comments Ryan Reith, group vice president at IDC Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

Gartner also released its data. This refers to a 7.3% drop in computer shipments, and an 8.6% increase in Mac shipments. Regarding Apple, the firm writes:

“Apple continued its momentum to start this year, driven by the popularity of M1-based Mac devices. In the first quarter, Apple launched Mac Studio, a high-end M1-based desktop model, which boosted sales among PC users who need high processing power. »

2022: an important year for Macs

This IDC study comes as we enter a pivotal year for Macs. As a reminder, in 2020, the Cupertino company began a transition of its computers from Intel processors to Apple Silicon chips, supposed to be more efficient, but also more energy efficient.

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And this transition, which should last two years, should be completed this year. Also, according to predictions, Apple should announce a lot of new Macs in 2022. Among the most anticipated models are the new MacBook Air which, according to rumors, should have a new design, as well as an M2 chip . Apple has also already teased the next Mac Pro which, unlike its predecessor, should be equipped with an Apple Silicon chip.

Otherwise, as a reminder, during its first keynote in March, Apple lifted the veil on a whole new category of computer: the Mac Studio.

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