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The global chip shortage is said to be worsening, with forecasts predicting that the supply chain will not be able to completely recover until 2022 or even 2023. However, PC shipments were not hampered in the first quarter of the year. Nearly 84 million computers were delivered, representing a 55 percent year-over-year rise over Q1 2020 and a slight 8 percent decline over Q4 2020. (a typically strong quarter).
PC exports did not seem to suffer as predicted in the first quarter of 2021. In the first quarter, almost 84 million PCs were delivered, representing a 55 percent growth year on year.
According to IDC numbers, all of the top five PC vendors delivered more devices than the previous year, with Apple growing at a rate of more than 100 percent year on year.
“Unfulfilled demand from the previous year carried over into the first quarter, and additional demand from the pandemic has also continued to drive volume,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers.
IDC adds that, in the aftermath of the impending chip shortage, all three segments – industry, education, and customer – are continuing to see amazing and unforeseen demand.
According to these numbers, it is possible that the larger purchasing power of companies such as Apple, Acer, and Lenovo has enabled them to continue purchasing diminishing chips from a declining supply. It’s likely that the big five PC makers have eaten into the sales of smaller firms that have failed to get enough chips to satisfy demand.
However, with some Apple brands, supply chain shortages could eventually be catching up with them.