Global PC shipments hit 341 million units last year, the highest total since 2012

What just happened? Canalys said shipments of desktops, laptops and workstations increased 1% year-over-year, bringing full-year shipments to 341 million units. That’s 15% more than in 2020 and 27% more than in 2019. In fact, it’s the biggest total PC shipments since 2012.

The smartphone industry wasn’t the only one booming in 2021, with PC shipments reaching 92 million units in the fourth quarter, surpassing the 90 million mark for the second year in a row.

Deeper drilling, Canalys noted laptops and mobile workstations continued to lead the charge with shipments totaling 275 million units. Office and desk workstation shipments accounted for the remaining 66 million units shipped last year.

Lenovo led the way in both fourth quarter and full year shipments with 21.7 million units and 82.1 million units shipped, respectively. HP, Dell and Apple followed in that order, again in the fourth quarter and for the full year.

Speaking of the full year, Apple recorded the highest growth rate at 28.3% and also in the fourth quarter at 9.0% (compared to the same period a year earlier).

The company said the growth in the market highlights how important PCs have become since the start of the pandemic.

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“While 2021 was the year of digital transformation, 2022 will be the year of digital acceleration,” said Rushabh Doshi, senior analyst at Canalys. “The importance of faster, better, more resilient and more secure PCs has never been greater, and the industry is ready to innovate and push the boundaries to keep this momentum going,” Doshi added.

Ishan Dutt, senior analyst at Canalys, said personal computers are now in the hands of young students and older family members, and having two or more computers per person in developed countries has become the norm. .

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