‘Computer deliveries rose by 15 percent in 2021 and Apple in particular benefited’

Shipments of computers rose by nearly 15 percent in 2021, according to research firms IDC and Canalys. The computer market would not have grown at such a percentage since 2012. In particular, deliveries of Macs are said to have increased.

Manufacturers delivered 348.8 million computers in 2021, which was 14.8 percent more than in 2020, IDC calculates based on its Personal Computing Device Tracker. That is the survey with which the agency estimates the amount of desktops, notebooks and workstations delivered every quarter. According to IDC, the number of systems shipped since 2012 could have been even higher had it not been for chip shortages and other parts supply issues.

In the last quarter of 2021, growth was modest: deliveries were 1 percent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2020. According to IDC, Apple especially benefited from the increased demand last year, but Dell also saw its deliveries increase significantly. Lenovo and HP remain the manufacturers with the largest market shares, according to the survey.

IDC annual figures, PC shipments worldwide (in thousands)
Business 2021 deliveries 2021 market share 2020 deliveries 2020 market share 2021/2020 growth
1. Lenovo 81,935 23.5% 71,832 23.6% 14.1%
2. HP Inc. 74.104 21.2% 67.782 22.3% 9.3%
3. Dell Technologies 59,303 17.0% 50.297 16.6% 17.9%
4. Apple 27,775 8% 22,754 7.5% 22.1%
5. Acer Group 23,906 6.9% 20,977 6.9% 14%
Other 81.777 23.4% 70.218 23.1% 16.5%
Total 348,800 100% 303.860 100% 14.8%
Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, January 12, 2022

Research company Canalys publishes comparable figures. Deliveries at this agency also increased by a rounded 15 percent in 2021. According to Canalys, not only did the shipments of Mac systems soar, but Acer also took advantage of the high demand for PCs. In 2020, shipments increased by 11 percent, according to Canalys, and this agency also points to 2012 as the last year in which the PC market grew as it did in 2021.

Canalys annual figures, PC deliveries worldwide (in thousands)
Business 2021 deliveries 2021 market share 2020 deliveries 2020 market share 2021/2020 growth
1. Lenovo 82.142 24.1% 72,646 24.4% 13.1%
2. HP Inc. 74.072 21.7% 67,688 22.7% 9.5%
3. Dell Technologies 59,300 17.4% 50.273 16.9% 18%
4. Apple 28,958 8.5% 22,754 7.6% 28.3%
5. Acer Group 24,383 7.1% 20.023 6.7% 21.1%
Other 72.198 21.2% 64.430 21.6% 12.1%
Total 341,053 100.0% 297,614 100.0% 14.6%
Source: Canalys PC Analysis (sell-in shipments), January 2022

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