With a lot of people across the world working from home, demand for laptops has seen a surge. It’s clear that Apple has also benefitted from this rise in demand. Demand is pushing the PC market forward and all signs indicate this surge still has a way to go,” said
Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s
Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.
2021 is also expected to see demand for laptops and PCs grow, which means Mac devices may further see an increase in shipments. “The obvious drivers for last year’s growth centered around work from home and remote learning needs, but the strength of the consumer market should not be overlooked,” added Reith.
Apple launched as many as four new MacBooks in 2020 — MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro first and then a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro powered by its own processor in November. It is expected that 2021 will also see new Mac devices powered by Apple’s M1 processor. However, the impact of M1 is hard to gauge in these numbers since they are only till December. How the Mac devices with M1 have fared will be clear in the numbers that are released in the next quarter.