The US PC market declined during the last quarter due to supply problems associated with the pandemic. This is the first time the market has declined in the US since the pandemic began prompting many people to buy new devices over the past 18 months.
In general, indicates analysis Market research firms Gartner and IDC to worldwide market growth in the third quarter. But at a slower rate than we’ve seen during the pandemic.
Gartner says consumer and education spending began to shift away from PCs to other priorities during the quarter, resulting in lower demand.
This is best illustrated by the 17% decline in Chromebook shipments, which Gartner included in traditional PC shipments for the first time ever this quarter.
Both IDC and Gartner reported 84.1 million device shipments in the third quarter, while IDC estimated the number at 86.7 million.
Both IDC and Canalys point to supply issues related to the pandemic. The PC industry continues to be hampered by sourcing and logistics challenges, says director of research at IDC, a mobile and consumer tracking company. These problems have not seen much improvement in recent months.
It appears that these supply issues affected mobile devices more than desktop devices. Both Gartner and Canalys highlighted stronger growth for desktops.
AndSays Gartner: This component shortage is expected to continue into the first half of 2022 after Microsoft, Nvidia and TSMC warned that industry chip shortages will continue into 2022.
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Shipments of computers have grown all over the world
The shortage and performance of the hardware market in the US comes as Microsoft launched the Windows 11 operating system.
The software giant began shipping Surface devices equipped with Windows 11 last week. As well as mobile devices from manufacturers such as Asus, Lenovo and HP.
Other PC makers such as Acer, Dell and Samsung are also supposed to release new Windows 11 devices soon.
The shortage may make it more difficult to find a device running Windows 11 during this year-end period. Supply chain issues affect wireless network modules, power management circuits, and more.
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