By Mark Hachman
Think the PC is dead? Not right now. In fact, notebook PC sales are expected to grow by a whopping 26.4 percent during the fourth quarter, according to a Tuesday report by IDC.
The spike in sales is due to the combination of two powerful trends: the traditional surge in holiday sales, as well as the increasing demand for laptops and even desktops during the pandemic. Tablets, too, are expected to grow: IDC expects 10-percent unit growth when 2020 as a whole is factored in, thanks largely to the Apple iPad.
“The momentum in the PC market has been impressive to say the least,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, in a statement. “Earlier this year it seemed like this would be a six-month bump to the industry, but as we look at the supply chain pipeline into 2021, it’s clear that the surge has more legs.”