Apple tablet and computer sales rank first globally in Q1 but supply chain issues persist

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The latest research report from Canalys reveals that Apple’s Mac series is the best-selling computer in the first quarter of 2022. Although the iPad sale is declining, the combination of the two still leads the market. The report also mentions that the iPhone is the only smartphone to see an increase in sales in the first quarter of 2022. Furthermore, Canalys also claims that Apple leads the computer and tablet market.


In the overall PC market (including desktops, notebooks and tablets), Apple took the top spot from Lenovo as it shipped 22.3 million units in the first quarter of 2022, growing 1% annually.

Second-ranked Lenovo fell 12% year-over-year, with global shipments of 21.1 million units. HP is in the third position with 15.9 million units. For HP, this is a sharp 18% decline. Canalys claims that the numbers came amid a 3% year-over-year decline in the overall global PC market, which includes tablets.

The tablet market fell 3% during the same period, with 38.6 million devices sold. Canalys’ analysis claims that Apple is number one with 14.9 million iPads shipped worldwide. This is a 2% drop in shipments in the first quarter.

In the second position is South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung. It’s 7.9 million unit shipments represent a 2% decline. Amazon overtook Lenovo for the first time in a year, taking third place with a 3% increase in sales on the back of heavily discounted tablets.

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Supply chain issues still persist

Canalys agrees with Apple that the decline in iPad sales is partly due to tight supply. Demand from the fourth quarter of 2021 was expected to extend into the first quarter of 2022, but the current supply conundrum may continue into the second quarter.

The latest news shows that since February, BOE’s iPhone OLED panel production for Apple has fallen sharply to almost zero. According to previous news, BOE is expected to supply more than 20 million OLED panels to Apple this year. The company will enter the iPhone 14 series industry chain.

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BOE is the world’s largest LCD panel factory. In the OLED field, BOE is still very much behind South Korean manufacturers, Samsung and LG. However, a recent report claims that this year, BOE’s OLED shipments will soar by 70%.


According to reports, BOE plans to increase OLED panel deliveries by nearly 70% this year. Its two production lines in Chengdu and Mianyang will run at full capacity this fiscal year. The third production line in Chongqing is in full production. This will increase BOE’s OLED production from 60 million units in 2021 to 100 million units this year.

BOE’s Chongqing production line is testing panel quality from top smartphone and tablet makers, the report said. The Sichuan factory is already supplying Apple, and BOE apparently hopes that the Chongqing factory will also supply Apple with panels.

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