Apple sold a record number of MacBooks last quarter

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple's MacBook Air sales were up a bit last quarter due to discounted MacBook Air models. In Q3 2021, Apple sold 6.5 million MacBooks. This is a record and a 10 percent increase over last year. Its blockbuster Mac quarter was no doubt due to this record. IDC reports that Chromebook sales have actually fallen for the first time since the outbreak.
The overall sales of laptops increased eight percent to 66.8million units last year, largely due to educational and commercial sales. Strategy Analytics reports that this was partly due to "higher discounts for premium products such as MacBook Air and gaming notebooks."

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If not for the shortage of components and high freight costs, sales could have been even greater. This caused prices to rise and delayed some deliveries. With 15.3 million units shipped, Lenovo was the number one seller in the fourth quarter, followed by Apple, HP, Dell and ASUS.

IDC reports that sales of Chromebook and tablet devices didn't do so well. IDC reported that Chromebook sales fell by 29.8 per cent year-over-year, to 6.5million units. This was due to the "saturation” in education. The firm stated that many schools and governments spent a lot of money to purchase remote learning devices and that even consumers bought devices for learning in 2020. Acer, Dell and HP followed Samsung on the Chromebook sales charts.

Due to low demand and limited supply, tablet sales fell 9.4 percent to 42.3million units. Apple was the exception to this trend, with iPad sales increasing 4.6 percent to 14.7million units last year. This category was dominated by Samsung, which sold just over half of the units (7.5 million), followed closely by Amazon, Lenovo, and Huawei.