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Apple shipped an estimated 5.7 million notebook computers in the first calendar quarter of 2021, according to new notebook PC shipping estimates shared today by Strategy Analytics.

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Mac notebooks include the MacBook Pro models and the MacBook Air models, excluding the Mac mini, Mac Pro, and iMac.

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Apple was the number four worldwide notebook vendor, trailing behind Dell, HP, and Lenovo, with all three companies shipping between 10 and 16 million notebooks during the quarter.

Apple's 5.7 million notebooks shipped is up 94 percent from the 2.9 million that it shipped in the year-ago quarter, with the strong growth coming from continued Mac demand as people work from home and begin the transition to hybrid home working models.

Apple's market share for the quarter was at 8.4 percent, up from 7.8 percent last year. Lenovo and HP continue to be market leaders, shipping a variety of PC notebooks running Windows alongside Chromebooks, which saw strong growth in the education sector.

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Total notebook PC shipments were up 81 percent year over year among all major vendors, but Apple in particular may have seen major growth thanks to the November launch of the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, both of which vastly outperform prior Intel models without price increases.

Apple will likely sustain its Mac growth as it prepares to introduce even more powerful Apple silicon machines later in the year. Rumors suggest there are upgraded 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the works, plus we're still waiting on a higher-end larger version of the iMac. Apple is also expected to introduce a new MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro, but those might not come until 2022.

Article Link: Apple's Notebook Shipments Grew an Estimated 94% in Q1 2021
 

deputy_doofy

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My M1 MBA is just fu@<ing awesome! Funny (and sad) thing is, I bought an i7 MBA in 2020 also, so I was able to directly compare them and can easily conclude that the i7 in the same "class" doesn't hold a candle.

I will say that running iOS apps is mostly gimmicky, but a couple games work ok on it.
 

GuruZac

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No surprise. Apple delivered $999-$1299 laptops that have, practically speaking for most users, 16” MacBook Pro level performance, better battery life. I never thought I would buy a MacBook Air, but I order one because at the cost, it’s a heck of a laptop.
 

mbeachcontrol

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My M1 MBA is just fu@<ing awesome! Funny (and sad) thing is, I bought an i7 MBA in 2020 also, so I was able to directly compare them and can easily conclude that the i7 in the same "class" doesn't hold a candle.

I will say that running iOS apps is mostly gimmicky, but a couple games work ok on it.

I purchased 2 Intel MBAs in July 2020 for the kids to start the new school year with their own laptop. Those were traded back to Apple in February and purchased M1 versions. In a weird way, the Intels were just rentals for a few months, but we contributed to 4 sales over the last year for Apple.
 

jazz1

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Ha! We've come a long way Apple lovers. Some years ago, one of my duties in higher education was administering exams. The exam software we used was not yet available on Macs. As I was checking a packed exam room I noticed a glowing Apple among the "dull" Dells ;)

I immediately checked out the student who was running a Windows machine cabled to a Mac. He was cheating by overriding the exam software's Wifi block, and using his Mac to access the Internet. That was a big NO, NO! Our tech. department even confirmed this student was accessing the Internet during the exam.

Years later, I was happy to see a sea of glowing Apple logos in the classroom!
 

Karllake

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I posted this on an iMac post, this is only the start apple want way higher pc market share.

“100% this, the separation of consumer and pro is less about clarity and more about market share of each, apple can’t massively increase market share of the iPhone so there isn’t much more growth their, services are increasing but the biggest opportunity is to increase market share in the pc market, the colourful consumers products and plainer but more powerful pro units are aimed to be “best in class” best not necessarily meaning ‘most powerful’ but ‘most suited”. In my eyes apple clearly wants the M chip and new hardware to act in a similar way to the iPhone, everyone said apple couldn’t penetrate the competitive phone market and look how that turned out.”
 

Analog Kid

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I now hear "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" in a whole different tone of voice...

"Dude! You're getting a Dell?!?"

Great news for Apple stock holders. May Apple laptops be everywhere

Good for everyone, I think. Stockholders for sure. Users because there's clearly demand for native Mac software which should keep developers developing. Good for PC/Windows users in the longer term because it lights a fire under those companies to do better.
 
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