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PCs are now facing a decline in demand after reaching a peak during the pandemic

During the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when a global lockdown was being imposed, it became a nightmare for educational institutes, companies, and many businesses.

To cope with the situation, the work-from-home policy started to grow roots. Soon, every other country started to use it. As things shifted online, the demand for personal computers went up like a rocket. For companies associated with manufacturing or supplying personal computers, these two years of glory were enjoyed after a very long time.

Since 2012, the demand for personal computers has started to fall as more modern and upgraded mobile phones begin to replace these devices. But the global pandemic ended this trend of declining demand as, in just 2021, the personal computer industry managed to sell over three hundred and forty million computers.

However, as the pandemic restrictions are now being removed, it seems like the demand for personal computers has once again started to go down.

As employees and students are now returning to their respective institutes, those who are still working on the same principle but are already equipped with a computer of their own, are no longer looking forward to buying more computers.

According to Ranjit Atwal, the senior director analyst at Gartner, a management consulting company, there are many factors due to which a decline in demand is being observed. These factors include the COVID-19 situation getting back on track, the global political situation, the instability of the currency, and the high inflation rate.

The positive trend for personal computers started when it was announced that Windows 7 would no longer be supported. As a result, PC users started to upgrade their systems. Later, when the pandemic made its entry, this trend reached its peak. If the coronavirus hadn’t taken over, this trend would have ended by 2020.

Based on the statistical analysis, it is now being assumed that a 9% decline in shipments will be observed in 2022. Overall, it’ll stay above the level that was observed before the global lockdown. However, if it continues the same way, the pre-pandemic level could return once again.


H/T: Statista

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