As the first full year of the Covid-19 era is about to come to a close, the PC market has grown, forgotten since 2008, and the very strong demand for new machines is not expected to dry up anytime soon. one year.
© 01net.com PC: Demand has exploded in 2020 and is not expected to be met until 2022
The collateral effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as teleworking or homeschooling, will have had at least one beneficial effect: relaunching the breathless market for PCs, desktops or laptops.2020 has been an unlikely year of growth in that sense and continued very strong demand is not expected to be met until 2022, according to several business executives and analysts, reported by Reuters.
According to Gregg Prendergast, president of Pan-America for Acer, the entire production chain has been under stress like never before. This would be around 300 million PCs that would have been brought to the market in the year 2020, an increase of around 15% from the previous year. This figure is particularly close to those known to the market before the arrival of smartphones and is at the level of those recorded in 2008, the last major year for the PC market. Note that the tablet market is experiencing even greater growth.
The research firm Canalys predicts that at the end of 2021, the installed market for PCs and tablets will represent around 1.77 billion devices, against 1.64 billion in 2019. Schematically, containment, the closure of schools, or the spread of teleworking across the world have pushed households to switch from a family PC to a PC per person, student, player, or confined employee.
This growth required the PC giants to adapt. Thus, Acer would have absorbed the cost of transporting its units by plane, abandoning transport by train or boat in order to save travel time. This does not prevent a strong expectation, it is sometimes necessary to wait nearly four months to see his request satisfied. Certain components are indeed difficult to find because their production has also been or is being disrupted by the pandemic.
According to some analysts, orders made by certain state entities, schools or even certain companies should maintain a significant degree of tension on the production chain until 2022.
But the pandemic and this revival could also help the PC industry to improve, to reinvent itself. Among the improvements, we obviously find the best-integrated webcams to make the many hours of videoconferencing more enjoyable. The integration of 4G and 5G modules in laptops is also a trend that is expected to increase. According to Sam Burd, president for Dell, PCs could also be enriched with new features. Some devices could embed software based on artificial intelligence algorithms to facilitate certain daily tasks, such as user identification or the activation/deactivation of the on-board camera.
The Covid-19 has therefore relaunched the PC market, it remains to be seen whether it will allow this industry to cross new major milestones, the transition to ARM processors being one of the most promising.