According to IDC, PC shipments totalled a mere 60.5 million during the second quarter of 2017, a 3.9 percent decline from second quarter shipments during 2016. Last quarter’s year-over-year decrease marks an overall three-year decline for PC shipments.
IDC reports one of the main factors affecting shipment decline was a shortage in key PC components, including solid state drives and LCD panels. The shortage of these necessary parts created an overall “inventory buildup.”
Another contributing factor is the growing popularity of mobile devices. More enterprises and consumers are choosing to utilize smartphones and tablets as their primary computing devices thanks to their evolving capabilities and convenience.
While a three-year decline is already a substantial fall, Gartner reports PCs may be in a five-year slump, and shipments will not increase in the foreseeable future.