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  1. And Apple's iPad still rules the tablet market, but Samsung is catching up. Google Chrome OS-based Chromebooks have been by far the fastest-growing category in the PC market in 2020's third quarter. Chromebook shipments have grown 122% year on year to a total of 9.4 million units in Q3 of 2020. That's still a relatively small share of the 124.5 million PCs shipped in the quarter, but it outstrips the growth in Windows 10 'detachable' PCs, ultraslim notebooks and convertibles, according to analyst Canalys' Q3 PC shipments report. In the COVID-19 pandemic, where remote working has become the new normal, notebook sales have soared while shipments of desktop stations have plummeted. That phenomenon is benefiting Apple iPad sales and makers of cheaper Chrome OS-based laptops, such as HP and Lenovo. Market leader Lenovo has shipped 23.5 million tablets, notebooks and desktops, just beating Apple shipments of 22.1 million Macs and iPads. Apple has a 17.7% market share in the quarter versus Lenovo's 18.9% if tablets are included in the measure. With a poor choice of Android tablet alternatives to the iPad, Apple is still taking the lion's share of tablet sales. Worldwide tablet shipments have reached 44.3 million units, up 43% year on year. Apple has shipped 15.2 million tablets in Q3, leaving it with a 34% share and a year-on-year growth rate of 47%. Samsung is in second spot with nine million tablet shipments and a 20.5% market share on the back of 80% year-on-year growth. Huawei has sold 5.1 million units, while Amazon's figure is 4.9 million tablets, and Lenovo's 4.2 million units. "Tablets have come back from the dead as they deliver the perfect balance of mobility and computing power at a wide range of price points during such a crucial time," said Victoria Li, an analyst at Canalys. Tablet shipments have not grown since 2015, with the exception of the past two quarters. "Tablets are a natural choice for first-time PC users who want something uncomplicated and affordable to work with. The natural extension of Android and iOS on tablets makes it easy for parents, students and educators who dabbled with extended remote learning for the first time in their lives and prefer the ease of installing apps that these platforms offer," Li said. HP leads the market for low-cost Chromebooks with shipments of 3.2 million units for the quarter, up 116% from a year ago. Lenovo Chromebook shipments have grown a massive 351% year on year to 1.8 million units for the quarter. Dell, Acer and Asus make up the rest of the top five Chromebook vendors. Once again, the pandemic helps explains the surge in Chromebook sales. "Chromebooks emerged as the centerpiece of the education segment's digital response to the COVID-19 pandemic", said Ishan Dutt, an analyst at Canalys. "Uncertainty in how school terms will proceed remains at the forefront of educators' minds in the face of secondary lockdowns and protocols related to dealing with infections within a school's population." The other big market for Chromebooks are small and medium-sized businesses that just need a cheap computer that works. Chromebook shipments have risen 122% year on year, outstripping the growth in Windows 10 'detachable' PCs, ultraslim notebooks and convertibles. Image: Canalys Market leader Lenovo has shipped 23.5 million tablets, notebooks and desktops, just beating Apple shipments of 22.1 million Macs and iPads . Image: Canalys Source
  2. Worldwide PC shipments end 2020 with biggest surge in 10 years The shift toward remote working and remote learning helped the PC industry capture its largest growth in shipments since 2010. Image: asiandelight, Getty Images/iStockphoto The computer industry closed out 2020 with its greatest gain in a decade, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by research firms IDC and Canalys. Global PC shipments jumped by 26.1% last quarter compared with the final quarter of 2019, hitting a total of 91.6 million units, IDC said. The numbers from Canalys were close, pointing to growth of 25% last quarter with shipments reaching 90.3 million units. For the full year, shipments grew by 13.1% to reach 302.6 million, according to IDC, and by 11% to hit 297 million, according to Canalys. Both firms included desktops, notebooks, and workstations in their analyses. The last time the industry saw these types of gains was in 2010 when shipments rose by 13.7%, IDC reported. Image: Canalys The PC industry was one of the notable beneficiaries of the COVID-19 lockdowns. As people were forced to work from and stay at home, and as students transitioned to remote learning, computer demand shot up. However, most of the gains came from the need for notebooks and mobile workstations, Canalys said. Shipments of mobile computers jumped by 44% in 2020 from 2019 to reach 235.1 million units. At the same time, shipments of desktop and desktop workstations fell by 20% to 61.9 million units. "The obvious drivers for last year's growth centered around work from home and remote learning needs, but the strength of the consumer market should not be overlooked," Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, said in a press release. "We continue to see gaming PCs and monitor sales at all-time highs, and Chrome-based devices are expanding beyond education into the consumer market. In retrospect, the pandemic not only fueled PC market demand but also created opportunities that resulted in a market expansion." Still, the industry struggled to keep pace with the tremendous demand. PC and device makers were forced to deal with component and production capacity shortages, according to Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's Mobile Device Trackers. Further, logistics proved to be a challenge as vendors had to pay more for air freight just to meet promised delivery times. For the quarter and the full year, Lenovo held onto its spot as the top vendor, followed by HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer. For the year, Lenovo pulled in shipments of 72.6 million, according to both IDC and Canalys, giving it a market share of 24%. HP's annual shipments reached 67.6 million, earning it a share of around 22%. Image: IDC And what is the forecast for this new year? PC vendors will continue to innovate to try to outshine the competition and woo customers. At the same time, supply constraints will still vex the industry, at least for the first half of 2021. "Innovations in chipsets, operating systems, connectivity, and form factors will take center stage as the PC industry caters to a broader range of customers that bring with them new behaviors and use cases," Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt said in a press release. "From Apple and Microsoft's new custom silicon to the exciting platform updates to Chrome and Windows, the PC industry is moving at breakneck speed to cater to its newfound user base. While supply shortages continue to dampen the market in the short term, Canalys believes most wrinkles will be ironed out by the second half of 2021." Source: Worldwide PC shipments end 2020 with biggest surge in 10 years
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