Since I was a young man I remember hearing some “prophets” shouting about the death of the PC as a platform, but the truth is that until now this has not happened. The PC market has been going through ups and downs, but it now appears to be back on top, registering its first significant growth in the past 10 years.
According to data from market research firm Canalys, 297 million computers were sold in 2020, representing an increase of 11% over the previous year.
Pandemic spiked PC market numbers
Other companies move forward with similar records, such as the IDC, which claims that 302 million PCs have been sold. Gartner also notes that the year 2020 was excellent for the industry, which grew more last year than in the last year. decade.
There will be no doubt that the demand for computer equipment is clearly linked to the current global pandemic scenario. The need for confinement has led to an increase in demand for more entertainment but has also put a record number of people working at home.
The consequence was an increase in sales figures for desktops and laptops, not to mention their peripherals. The trend of last year may continue in 2021, as it seems that new general confinements are coming and it is possible that many people will give in and try to renew their equipment.
In the middle of 2020, the first difficulties in purchasing computer equipment began to appear thanks to the interruptions and difficulties in production resulting from the pandemic. The situation will now be returning to normal as possible, as the Asian continent does not appear to be suffering a new wave of Covid-19, at least with the same seriousness registered elsewhere in the globe.
Despite the pandemic scenario, organic demand for information technology material should not be devalued. Increasingly, the computer is part of our daily lives, and it has become almost an obligation in recent years in order to be permanently connected to the internet and the world.
PC market is doing well and it is recommended
In addition to selling more computers in 2020, we have also seen the growth of platforms such as Windows 10, which passed the billion user barrier last year.
Apple’s MacBook also saw a rise in sales figures in the last quarter of 2020 due to the launch of notebooks equipped with an M1 processor.
The world has experienced a true digital revolution in the past 12 months, with computers at its center. Perhaps from now on, more caution will be used when talking about the “death of the PC,” which may suffer from some stagnation but will hardly stop being a privileged tool of modern times.
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