Apple Mac shipments grew 11% in Q3 2021, driven by M1

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Apple's shipments of Mac computers grew 11% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2021, driven largely by demand for the company's new M1 models, while total PC growth appears to be contracting

Global PC shipments saw their sixth consecutive quarter of growth during Q3 2021, which marks the period between July and September. A total of 84.2 million PCs were shipped during the timeframe, representing 9.3% year-over-year growth, according to Counterpoint Research.

The 9.3% growth does imply decelerating PC momentum, since the previous four quarters saw double-digit annual growth. Most manufacturers are also not seeing any shrinking gap between supply and demand because of supply constraints and component shortages — issues that Counterpoint says won't be rectified until mid-2022.

However, PC demand remained solid, particularly among the commercial and enterprise market. Lenovo ranked first with 23.9% of the market share, while HP took 20.5% and Dell took 18.1%. Apple's Mac lineup took 8.7% of the market and the Cupertino tech giant ranked fourth overall.

Apple on Monday unveiled two new MacBook Pro models equipped with upgraded M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, which are obviously not included in Thursday's data. The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro join a growing slate of Apple Silicon Mac models that first kicked off in 2020.

The Cupertino tech giant will report its quarterly earnings for Q3 2021 later in October. Although Apple no longer reports individual Mac sales, the company will report Mac revenues and offer detail about how the lineup is doing.