Wednesday, 02 September 2020 10:15

IDC sees personal computing device shipments falling away in 2021

IDC sees personal computing device shipments falling away in 2021 Pixabay

Technology analyst firm IDC says it expects the market for personal computing devices — traditional PCs, tablets and workstations — will grow 3.3.% year-on-year in 2020, with 425.7 million units shipped.

In July, both IDC and Gartner had reported that there was an uptick in second-quarter shipments for this market, with IDC reporting growth of 11.2% year-on-year while Gartner reported a lower 2.8% hike.

IDC said in a statement on Tuesday that demand was largely due to the additional number of people working from home and also due to an increase in online education. A smaller proportion was due to people seeking a means of entertainment, the company said.

The 2020 increase was notable, IDC said, given that 2019 had seen strong growth due to the end of official support for Windows 7.

"Consumers have been stuck at home, unable to spend on restaurants, movies, and other day-to-day activities," said David Myhrer, research vice-president for IDC's Consumer Technology Strategy Service.

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"Technology has been the big winner in all of this as device spending has been especially surprising, with spend at year-end, holiday-like levels throughout much of the second quarter."

But next year looks different, with IDC forecasting that there would be a decline in shipments in 2021 due to the continued uncertainty over the pandemic.

The market was forecast to decline with a fall in compound annual growth of -2-2%, which meant that annual shipments would come in at 389.6 million units.

"Schools around the world are already scrambling to procure notebooks for their students," said Jitesh Ubrani research manager for IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

"The excessive demand, some short-term component shortages, and general uncertainty about the upcoming school year have led many schools to purchase as many units as they can.

"Unfortunately, these additional purchases during 2020 means that many schools would have blown through their future budgets, which will contribute to double-digit declines in the education segment during 2021 and 2022."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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