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Publication date: 01 Dec 2022

IDC Tracker Forecast Sees Further Contraction for the Global PC and Tablet Markets with Commercial PC Demand Remaining the One Clear Opportunity

NEEDHAM, Mass., December 1, 2022 – In a new International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast, the outlook for PCs and tablets continues to get worse. Worldwide PC and tablet shipments are forecast to decline 11.9% in 2022 with volumes shrinking to 456.8 million units, followed by a further decline in 2023. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, traditional PCs will see shipments drop 5.6% to 281 million units in 2023 while tablets will decline 6.7% to 148 million units.

Despite the sharp decline, shipment volumes will remain above pre-pandemic levels although the market will continue to be challenged by macroeconomic headwinds, excess channel inventory, and high levels of saturation. While the PC market is expected to fare better than tablets with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just over 1% expected over the five-year forecast, tablets are expected to have a CAGR of -1.7% over the same period.

"The reality is that both PC and tablet makers will struggle in the coming months as not only are volumes expected to decline, but so will average selling prices," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers. "Excess inventory in the very near term is already forcing OEMs and channels to heavily discount products and as long as the economic downturn continues, product mix will also shift from the premium segment to more mid-range products."

The on-going macroeconomic headwinds are impacting all segments of the market, but consumer is being hit the hardest. IDC did reduce its forecast for the consumer, education, and commercial markets in 2023, but is expecting a strong refresh cycle in commercial PCs as we head into 2024.

"Looking forward, the timing of the macroeconomic recovery could align nicely with other strong market drivers," noted Linn Huang, research vice president, Devices & Displays at IDC. "Windows 11 migration in conjunction with the next major education and home refresh cycles should propel growth from 2024 through the outer years of the forecast."

Worldwide Personal Computing Device Forecast by Market Category, Shipments, Year-Over-Year Growth, and 2022-2026 CAGR (shipments in millions)

Market Category

2022 Shipments

2022/2021 Growth

2026 Shipments

2026/2025 Growth

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Source: IDC Worldwide Personal Computing Device Tracker, December 1, 2022


-    Some IDC estimates prior to financial earnings reports. Data for all companies are reported for calendar periods.

-    Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.

- Traditional PCs include Desktops, Notebooks, and Workstations and do not include Tablets or x86 Servers.

- Public Sector denotes purchases made by schools and governments.

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