According to a data research firm, global shipments of traditional PCs grew 55.2% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2021. The growth gained an advantage from the shortages faced in the first quarter of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in a favorable year-over-year comparison. PC shipments, despite being in high demand, reached 84 million shipments worldwide in Q1 2020, an 8% decline from Q4 2020.
Apple’s Mac lineup saw a huge growth in the first quarter of this year, the shipments grew by a staggering 111.5% compared to the same time last year. Apple managed to ship approximately 6.7 million Macs, making up 8% of the whole market. Same time last year, the tech giant shipped 3.2 million Macs.
Apple saw a significant rise in Mac shipping in the first quarter of this year
Other computer manufacturers like HP, Dell, and Lenovo experienced growth in double-digits in this year’s first quarter. Apple’s performance this quarter comes after a major growth in Q4 last year when Apple released its new Apple Silicon Macs, the company witnessed a 31.3% increase in shipments compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
The preliminary results come from the International Corporation (IDC). The research manager for IDC said:
Unfulfilled demand from the past year has carried forwward into the first quarter and additional demand brough on by the pandemic has also continued to drive volume. However, the market continues to struggle with setbacks including component shortages and logistics issues, each of which has contributed to an increase in average selling prices.
The program vice president for IDC said that when entering 2021 the backlog for PCs was extensive across education, business, and consumer. The continuing shortages of the semiconductors only prolong the ability for vendors to refill inventory and complete orders to customers.
We believe a fundemental shift has occurred around the PC, while will result in a more positive outlook for years to follow. All three segments – business, education, and consumer – are experiencing demand that we did not expect to happen regardless of many countries beginning their ‘opening up’ process. Component shortages will likely be a topic of conversation for the majority of 2021, but the more important question should be what PC demand will look like in 2-3 years.
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