U.S. PC shipments plummeted in Q3 2021: Lenovo rose against the market, Apple’s worst

The latest report from Canalys, a well-known research organization, shows that in the third quarter of 2021, shipments of desktops, laptops, tablets, and workstations in the United States fell 16% year-on-year to 30.3 million units. Notebook shipments slowed to 17.1 million units, down 15% year-on-year. This was due to the saturation of the education market, which led to a sharp decline in Chromebook shipments.

The report mentioned that due to the weakening of consumer demand in the US market, tablet shipments fell by 24% to 10 million units. Desktop computers were the best performers, with shipments increasing 6% to 3.2 million units.

In the third quarter, Dell ranked first in the US PC market, with an annual growth rate of 10% and shipments reaching 5.6 million units. Although other suppliers have suffered varying degrees of decline, Dell has achieved growth with its strength in commercial customers. At the same time, HP, the largest Chromebook supplier on the market, suffered a sharp decline in the third quarter, with its shipments falling by 31%.

Lenovo’s shipments increased by 3% year-on-year, while Apple’s shipments fell by 14%, as demand for MacBooks began to stabilize after a series of extremely strong growth. Due to the slowdown in the consumer market, Acer ranked fifth, with shipments falling by more than 30%.

Tablet PC shipments in the United States fell by more than 23% in the third quarter because of the decline in demand for increased home screen access, basic computing, and connectivity compared to the peak of the pandemic. As iPad occupies a dominant position in the US market, Apple tops the list with a 45% market share.

The saturation of the education market is the main reason for the decline in the US Chromebook market. Overall, the education market dropped 11% year-on-year and 53% month-on-month. In the case of a surge in education purchases in the second quarter, Chromebooks gained 41% of the market share and only accounted for 21% of all laptop shipments in the third quarter.

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