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The growth of Apple’s Mac business is a giant high point in a PC market slowdown, with a 40.2% year-over-year increase in shipments for the third quarter of 2022 against a sea of withdrawal from other major PC vendors.
The PC market has been struggling for some time, with global shipments continuing to decline. However, while companies like Lenovo and HP are seeing declining year-over-year delivery levels for Q3 2022, Apple is encountering the opposite.
In Q3 2022 Global PC Shipments tracker per IDC, overall PC market shipments reached 74.2 million units, down 15% from the same quarter a year ago.
Apple remained in fourth place for the quarter, generating 10.06 million shipments during the period. Apple’s result is an increase from the third quarter of 2021, which recorded 7.17 million shipments, and represents a staggering growth of 40.2%.
Growth in a shrinking market also means Apple gained market share, from 8.2% in Q3 2021 to 13.5% in Q3 2022.
Ahead of top-ranked Apple, Lenovo saw shipments decline 16.1% year-on-year to 16.9 million, HP fell 27.8% to 12.7 million, and Dell fell 21.2% to 11.96 million. Fifth-placed Asus also saw a 7.8% reduction to 5.5 million units shipped.
“Consumer demand remained subdued although promotional activity from Apple and other players helped to mitigate the drop and reduce channel inventory by a few weeks across the board, according to Jitesh Ubrani, head of research at IDC.”Supply also reacted to the new low by reducing orders, with Apple being the only exception as their supply in Q3 increased to compensate for lost orders resulting from lockdowns in China during Q2. »
While the market as a whole has fallen year over year, IDC still points out that shipping volumes are still “well above pre-pandemic levels,” a time when PC volumes were ” largely driven by commercial refreshes due to the impending end of support for Windows 7.”
With claims of increased shipments, the numbers should mean that Apple’s Mac-related revenue in its next earnings call on Oct. 27 should see a big jump in size.