Apple shipped 6.5 million laptops in the third quarter of this year, largely thanks to strong demand for the M1-powered MacBook Air.

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That is, according to analytics firm Strategy Analytics, whose data places Apple as the fourth-largest seller of laptops between July and September, earning it 10% of global market share and 10% year-on-year growth.

Lenovo topped the top five by sending 15.3 million units, equivalent to 23% market share, while HP and Dell sent 14.3 million and 12.2 million units, respectively, to earn 21% and 18% market share, respectively.

According to the report, most vendors grew on top of record levels in 2020, while Dell topped growth rates with a massive 50% year-over-year increase. At the same time, consumer spending increased thanks to higher discounts on premium products such as the MacBook Air.

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Including other brands outside the top five, 66.8 million laptops were shipped during the quarter, though the figure would probably have been higher had it not been for the supply constraints and chip shortages that have hit technology companies, including Apple.

Apple last week reported $ 9.17 billion in Mac revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, a quarterly record for Macs. Apple CEO Tim Cook said there was “strong demand” for the M1 ‌MacBook Air‌ in particular.

Apple is expected to release a ‌MacBook Air‌ with a brand new design and an Apple-designed M2 chip in about six to eight months from now. Rumor has it that the laptop will have a similar design to the 24-inch iMac, including off-white frames around the screen and a range of color choices.

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