Research firm IDC just announced that it expects PC shipments this year to fall 8.2%, while tablet shipments fall 6.2%.
According to Neowin, IDC believes that order blocking, war and inflation are the main causes of the recession. However, it is important to note that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to work from home, leading to a sharp increase in the number of computers in the last year. As a result, even after the drop in production, sales were still above pre-pandemic levels.
IDC Mobility & Consumer Device Trackers Research Director Jitesh Ubrani said: “Supply shortages have plagued the industry for some time, and the recent lockdown in parts of China has further exacerbated it. which adds to the problem as factories struggle to source new components from upstream suppliers, while also facing the problem of shipping finished products downstream. While restrictions are expected to ease soon, trust among supply chain workers remains shaken and delivery delays will persist for the rest of the year. ”
While PC shipments will decline this year, IDC predicts they will return to positive growth in 2023, although the CAGR from 2021 to 2026 is still -0.6%. Tablets will not grow in sales year over year, with a compound annual growth rate of -2%.
In terms of actual shipments, IDC says 321.2 million PCs will ship this year, compared to 158 million tablets. By 2026, 339 million PCs and 152.5 million tablets are expected to ship.