It’s more than 10 years since technology writer Nicholas Carr proclaimed the personal computer dead. But don’t tell Apple — since a new report claims that global MacBook shipments are set to skyrocket next year.
According to data from Finaria, global MacBook shipments are expected to hit 17.1 million units in 2021. That’s a 10% year-on-year increase. The firm claims that global MacBook shipments are likely to hit 15.5 million units this year, a 23% leap during the coronavirus pandemic.
The interesting part of this is that this represents something of a turnaround for Mac sales. 2018 and 2019 both saw a decline in MacBook shipments — with 12.8 million and 12.6 million units those two years.
As with the current App Store boom, the pandemic has been good news for computer sales. With more people than ever working from home, many have shelled out on computers to work on or for education.
No doubt there will also be a bump caused by the first Apple Silicon MacBooks. However, based on the number of Macs that sold in 2020 — many of them prior to the introduction of Apple’s new computers — people were already buying Macs in great numbers anyway.
To be clear, this is still a fraction of the number of units that Apple sells for its superstar product, the iPhone. Nonetheless, it’s a great reminder that, far from being on the way out, the Mac continues to be an important business for Apple. The question will be how long this increase in MacBook shipments will last.
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