Apple is making major strides in the business laptop market

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Although its devices are extremely popular with content creators, over the past few years Apple has managed to capture an even larger portion of the business laptop (opens in new tab) market.

According to a survey (opens in new tab) of 500 people on the polling platform (opens in new tab) OnePulse, conducted on behalf of TechRadar Pro, 15.2 percent of people now use a Mac (opens in new tab) as their main computing device for work.

As organizations have implemented bring your own device (BYOD (opens in new tab)) policies and adopted hybrid working (opens in new tab), it makes sense that more Mac users would prefer to use their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air in the office just as they do at home. At the same time, the introduction of Apple's M1 chips (opens in new tab) has given its laptops a significant performance boost that has made it easier to run more demanding graphic design software (opens in new tab) and other applications.

While the percentage of people using Apple laptops at work has increased, Windows laptops (opens in new tab) still took the top spot in the survey with 61 percent of respondents saying they use Windows 10 in the office. Surprisingly, Chromebooks (opens in new tab) have also found a place in the office with 16.6 percent of those surveyed saying they use Chrome OS at their jobs. Not only are Linux laptops (opens in new tab) generally harder to find but only 2.4 percent of people said they use them throughout their workday.

BYOD continues to gain steam

One of the reasons Apple is making major strides in the business market is likely due to the fact that the BYOD movement continues to gain steam.

Even before employees transitioned to working from home (opens in new tab) during the pandemic, many preferred using their own devices over ones provided by their company. Of those surveyed, 68.6 percent said they own their work laptops while just over a quarter (26.2%) said their laptops (opens in new tab) are owned by their organizations.

When it came to the brand of respondents' work laptops, HP took the top spot with 25.2 percent followed by Dell (20.4%), Lenovo (15.2%) and Apple (16.2%). Google, Asus, Acer, MSI, Gigabyte and Microsoft also made the list but HP, Dell, Lenovo and Apple made up the majority of work laptops used by those surveyed.

Now that Apple has released the 2021 version of the MacBook Pro (opens in new tab) complete with three Thunderbolt 4 (opens in new tab) ports, an HDMI port and a SDXC card slot, expect its devices to show up in more conference rooms now that employees won't have to search for the right dongle to connect their laptops to a projector (opens in new tab) when giving presentations.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.