Supply chain issues have affected global shipments of traditional PCs — desktops, notebooks and workstations — in the third quarter, but despite this there was 3.9% year-on-year growth to mark a sixth consecutive quarter of growth, the technology analyst firm IDC says.
Traditional PC shipments during the first quarter of 2021 grew by 55.2% year-on-year to 84 million units worldwide, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that this included desktops, notebooks and workstations.
Global shipments of PCs have shown a big uptick in the final quarter of 2020, with three technology research outfits — Canalys, IDC and Gartner — all reporting positive trends which have been in evidence for most of the pandemic period.
The global wearables market grew by 35.1% year-on-year in the third quarter to reach 125 million units, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that the surge was "driven by seasonality, new product launches, and the global pandemic".
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.
The traditional PC market fared well in the second quarter of 2020 despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with two analyst firms reporting increases year on year based on preliminary figures.
The global wearables market is expected to grow by 9.4% in 2020, the market intelligence provider IDC says, adding that this would be a major slowdown from the 89% growth in 2019, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting supply in the first half of the year.
Global shipments of gaming desktops and notebooks fell by 6.2% in the first quarter of 2019, with 7.5 million units shipped, the analyst firm IDC says, putting this drop down to inventory issues.
Apple retained its lead in the global market for wearable devices in the first quarter of 2019, with its Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones shipping a total of 12.8 million units, according to figures from the research firm IDC.
A total of 42.1 million gaming desktops, notebooks and monitors is expected to ship in 2019 as the global market for these devices grows 8.2% year-on-year, the analyst firm IDC reports.
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