While Windows may still be the go to operating system for many users, especially in the business world, Apple’s Mac business is still booming. Sure, the company gets more fan fair for its iPads and iPhones, but the Mac is more popular than it has ever been.
According to the Motley Fool, Apple’s fourth quarter results paint a picture of Mac growth that is almost unprecedented. While Apple continues to experience growth across most of its product segments, the Mac boasted a 25% revenue growth year over year, bringing the revenue for just the Mac line to $7.2 billion. This actually places the Mac higher when compared to the iPad and many of its other products.
While revenue is up, this actually represents a 10% growth in unit sales for the company. This increase and added revenue was primarily driven by the refresh of the MacBook Pro and its strong back to school season.
What’s also interesting to note about these stats is that overall PC sales were down. In the third quarter, PC shipments were down by an estimated 3.6%. Compare that with Apple’s 10% shipment increase and you will see just how well Apple is doing.
In many cases it seems Apple is stealing business away from its competitors despite serious competition from leading manufacturers in the high-end laptop market. According to research by TrendForce, much of the market share gains came at the expense of heavy hitters such as Dell, Acer, ASUS and even Lenovo. But, not all major notebook manufacturers are feeling the sting of Apple’s gains. HP, for example, was up 17.6% year over year in the third quarter.
“HP recorded strong performance in this third quarter, reaching a single-season shipment of 11 million units for the first time with a quarterly increase of 17.6%. It is expected to have another 0.3% sequential growth in the fourth quarter. Till the end of this year, HP is expected to achieve the annual goal of 40 million units, which will secure its first place in 2017 global notebook shipments ranking.”
While there are no guarantees, Apple is in an excellent position to continue its growth as we close out there year and into 2018. It’s possible the company could continue its momentum with the MacBook Pro and continue to see record growth in one of its oldest product lines.
It’s no secret that the Apple MacBook Pro is one of the most advanced and well-built laptops available on the market today. For all its criticism from many consumers, it has still been a huge hit for the company. Apple has even noted that is has seen strong growth in the education and enterprise, the latter of which has always been a struggle for the company. If more businesses begin to adopt Apple products in their offices, you could see even more growth of the Mac line, including the MacBook Pro.
What do you think about the MacBook Pro? Do you think it’s one of the best laptops out there today or do you think they are simply too expensive for what you get. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.