PC sales are down, but tablets are up – here’s why
PC and tablet sales have been hit by the recession, but innovation and good value deals are helping to keep people interested in new devices — computers in particular. board.
At the end of last year, data from Canalys, Gartner and IDC indicated that PC shipments dropped significantly, which shows how economic uncertainty affects market stability. Last year, PCs and tablets shipped 434.5 million units, down 13% from 2021’s nearly half a billion orders.
Despite slowing demand for laptops and monitors, tablets continued to experience a slight but steady increase in shipments in the fourth quarter. According to Canalys, in the fourth quarter of 2022, tablet shipments increased by 1%, for an annual total of 42.3 million units. Overall tablet sales in 2022 were down 5% compared to 2021, with a total of 150.8 million tablets shipped.
According to Himani Mukka, an analyst at Canalys, consumers continue to buy tablets when the product represents “a compelling innovation in the space”. Mukka said the sharp sale had prompted consumers to buy tablets during the previous holiday season.
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Apple maintains its number one position in the tablet market, with sales of 19 million units and a 46 percent market share. Mukka he said Apple’s latest 10th generation iPad offered consumers a new design and improved performance, making the device more likely to be purchased.
Amazon shipped 3.5 million units in Q4 2022, mostly because of the Prime Day sale and Black Friday that brought huge discounts on Fire tablets.
In contrast, PCs suffered a severe decline in shipments and purchases, as total shipments in 2022 are nearly 50% lower than in 2021. Ishan Dutt, senior analyst at Canalys, attributed the “back to normal” initiatives to the drop in PC shipments.
As people return to offices, schools, and universities, demand for PCs — such as Chromebooks — has fallen for the sixth year in a row. In 2022, 17.7 million Chromebooks were shipped, down 48% from the previous year.
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“Significant growth is only possible by 2024 as devices purchased during the peak of the pandemic near the end of their lifespan,” Dutt said. “There will also be opportunities to deliver higher-value products as students and teachers have developed stronger expectations for such frequently used devices.”