Apple dominates tablet shipments in the US, while PC shipments are growing 1 percent year over year

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According to a report by a market analysis company, Apple once took the top spot as the manufacturer with the most shipments of tablets in the United States. PC shipments grew 1 percent year-on-year (YoY) despite a nearly 30 percent decline in the final quarter of 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2021, almost 34 million units of desktops, laptops, workstations and tablets were shipped in the United States. While nearly 89 million units of these PCs were shipped in the US throughout the year.

According to latest report by Canalys, Apple maintained its tablet market dominance in the fourth quarter of 2021 and throughout the year with a total of 19.1 million units shipped in the United States. However, shipments saw a 17 percent year-on-year decline. Tech giants Cupertino were followed by Amazon and Samsung with 10.9 million and 7.9 million units shipped, respectively. Microsoft and Lenovo ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the tablet market. A total of 45.3 million tablets were shipped in the US in 2021, down 10 percent year-on-year.

However, the entire PC shipping segment — desktops, notebooks, and workstations — was dominated by HP, with 25.9 million units shipped and 0.5 percent year-over-year growth. Dell, Lenovo and Apple followed with 22 million, 15.1 million and 10 million units shipped respectively. All three companies posted excellent year-over-year growth of 6.5 percent, 11 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Total PC shipments – excluding tablets – were 89.7 million units, up 8.4 percent year-over-year.

The report mentions that notebook shipments fell sharply as the market reached saturation. In the fourth quarter of 2021, US notebook shipments fell by 73 percent year-on-year. According to the report, notebook shipments – particularly in the education sector – will see their next peak in 2023-24 as school boards look to refresh equipment purchased during the pandemic. The education sector could see further growth in the first half of 2022 as some schools are expected to use the US$7.2 billion (around Rs.54,445 billion) allocated through the Emergency Connectivity Fund to spread digital education .


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