Personal Computing Devices Market Share

Updated: 13 Dec 2021

Forecast Data Overview

Global shipments of Traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, reached 87.2 million units during the third quarter of 2021 (3Q21), up 4.5% from the prior year. This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of growth for the PC market as the onset of the pandemic has led to a surge in demand while also contributing to component shortages and other supply challenges. However, tablets recorded their first decline after 5 quarters of growth with global shipments of 42.5 million units, down 9.1% year-over-year. Easing restrictions across many geographies led to increased spending in other categories, which weakened tablet demand.

The PC industry continues to be hampered by supply and logistical challenges and these issues have not seen much improvement in recent months. Given the current circumstances, we are seeing some vendors reprioritize shipments amongst various markets, allowing emerging markets to maintain growth momentum while some mature markets begin to slow. Tablet sales grew in the last year due to many factors, including their versatility, component shortages on the PC side, and a comparatively lower selling price. Despite the slowdown in demand, commercial use of tablets in verticals such as logistics, healthcare, and banking is expected to persist as the pandemic has changed the way many of these businesses conduct day-to-day operations.

For overall 2021, global shipments of Traditional PCs are forecast to reach 344.7 million units. While annual shipments are expected to grow 13.5% during the year, shipments during the holiday quarter are expected to decline 3.4% as supply chain constraints and backups and cost increases around logistics continue to be a burden on getting products into many channels. Tablets face a similar trend with annual shipments in 2021 growing 4.3% while fourth quarter shipments are expected to decline 8.6%.

The market has pulled past peak pandemic PC demand. While we have seen some slowing of consumer demand in certain segments and markets, demand for gaming remains an exception and overall consumer demand is well above pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, the onset of saturation in some education markets is another cause for lower expectations in the coming quarters.

Looking ahead into the next year, after two straight years of strong double-digit growth, the expectation is that the PC market will begin to slow in 2022. However, as we look towards 2025 the latest IDC forecast still shows a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% with most of that growth coming from the notebook PC segment. Tablets, meanwhile, will continue their decline as the category remains challenged by smartphones and notebook PCs.

Worldwide 2021Q3 PCD Forecast Shipment

Worldwide 2021Q3 PCD Historical Shipment

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