Hardware industry executives and analysts said that global demand for laptops and desktops in 2020 has reached a level not seen since the iPhone debuted in 2007.
Manufacturers are still months away from fulfilling pending orders, as remote learning and work have turned the PC market upside down during the coronavirus pandemic.
This led to an increase in smart phone sales with increased interest in larger devices, which became an afterthought for the “iPhone” and “Android” devices over the past decade.
“The entire supply chain has been strained like never before,” said Greg Prendergast, head of operations for North, Central and South America at device maker Acer.
Some analysts now expect 2020 to end at around 300 million shipments, a 15% increase from last year.
Tablets are witnessing the fastest growth, and the number of computers and tablets in use may reach one billion and 770 million by the end of 2021, up from one billion and 640 million in 2019, according to the research company, “Canalys”.
Analysts said that it is difficult to obtain components, including screens and processors, as there are many factories that have been closed due to the Corona virus.
Some of the computers that will be introduced to the market during the next few months meet the new needs.
Analysts said it features better cameras and speakers for video conferencing, and more models contain a cellular chip, which helps users who can access 4G or 5G networks, but not the traditional wireless network.
Sam Board, an official at Dell, a manufacturer of computer equipment, said that the renaissance of the industry may soon bring devices that include artificial intelligence to simplify tasks, such as logging in and turning off cameras.
Dell’s online orders from consumers rose 62% in the third quarter of this year, compared to last year.