ARM-based laptops are set to capture a quarter of the laptop market by 2027, according to data from Counterpoint Research. The research firm anticipates that ARM-based machines will account for 15% of laptop shipments in 2023 and 18% in 2024, due to increasing ecosystem support and the closing performance gap with x86 offerings. Other major CPU providers, such as MediaTek and Qualcomm, are also expected to launch their own ARM-based solutions in the near future.
If these predictions hold true, one in four laptops sold in 2027 could be powered by an ARM processor. This growth will come at the expense of current market leaders AMD and Intel, with Counterpoint predicting that Intel could lose nearly 10% of its market share to Arm systems in the next 5 years.
Apple Dominates ARM Laptop Market
Apple has been a major driving force in the growth of ARM-based laptops, with its M1 SoC helping establish the category and subsequent iterations solidifying its lead. In 2022, Apple led the Arm laptop market with a 90% market share, pushing the category to a 13% overall laptop CPU market share.
The overall PC market is expected to see a return to growth by the end of 2023, with a broader recovery expected in 2024. However, the consumer market remains uncertain, according to IDC.
Global Arm Laptop Shipments and YoY Growth
Apple has established itself as a major player in the ARM-based laptop market with its M1 SoC and continued iterations. In 2022, Apple had a 90% market share in the ARM laptop market, pushing the category to a 13% overall laptop CPU market share.
Counterpoint Predicts Growing Adoption of ARM Laptops
Counterpoint Research anticipates that ARM-based laptops will continue to gain ground in the coming years, with the machines expected to account for 15% of laptop shipments in 2023 and 18% in 2024. Other major CPU providers are also expected to launch their own Arm-based solutions in the near future, potentially leading to one in four laptops sold in 2027 being powered by an Arm processor.
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