The chip crisis of several months has negatively affected computer prices. However, due to the corona virus, many people have switched to remote work and education. For this reason, especially computer sales exploded last year. Experts predict the growing chip crisis will negatively impact the computer market, but sales say the opposite. According to reports, the computer market continued to grow in 2021.
The computer market continues to grow in 2021
Research firm Gartner estimates that computer shipments in the first quarter of 2021 are up 32 percent from the first quarter of last year. Another analytics firm, IDC, pushed it to 55 percent. Although it is not known by which criteria the results differ, both firms agree that there has been extraordinary growth.
Gartner says they have been monitoring the computer market since 2000. Growth in 2021 was the fastest they have ever seen for the computer market, according to the company. IDC says the decline in quarterly passes is quite small. It’s the first time since 2012 that there has been such a small drop in quarterly passes. In addition, both firms say growth would have been greater had there not been a chip crisis.
Chip shortages have greatly affected automotive, computer, console and many other markets. There’s even the possibility of apple postponing its new MacBook and iPad models. IDC says the shortage has boosted prices in the computer market. In addition, the company says buying computers for the rest of the year can become more difficult on a case-by-case basis.
In 2020 and 2021, the biggest reason for the explosion of sales was the corona virus outbreak. Accelerating the process of normally returning in the coming months may change the buying habits of consumers. Therefore, it is unclear whether the demand for computers will continue. However, both IDC and Gartner are hopeful that demand will increase.
The computer market was very active in 2021. Lenovo was the most profitable company from this whole growth process. The company recorded growth of 42.3 percent and reduced its market share to 25.1 percent. Lenovo was followed by HP with 34.6 percent growth. The company that grew the most was Apple. The American manufacturer increased its sales by 48.6 percent to 8 percent of its market share. One of the biggest factors in Apple’s growth was the MacBook family with M1 processors.