PC sales see big growth

@ 2021/01/13
Lasted longer than the guy who predicted their death

The PC was supposed to die 10 years ago and replaced by iPhones, but it’s just experienced its first big growth in a decade – while the bloke who made the prediction, Steve Jobs, has gone the way of all things organic.

Market research firm Canalys reports that PC shipments reached 297 million units in 2020, up an impressive 11 percent from 2019. IDC puts the year at 302 million shipments, up 13.1 percent year over year. Gartner said that 2020 was a big year for PCs and the biggest growth it had seen since 2010.

PC shipments are up thanks to demand related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Supply constraints made it difficult to buy a new laptop halfway through the year, and demand continued throughout 2020.

IDC’s Ryan Reith said that demand was pushing the PC market forward and all signs indicate this surge still has a way to go.

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