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PC Shipments Surged Globally in Second Quarter, Apple Witnesses Impressive Rise

According to preliminary figures from research firm IDC, global personal computer shipments increased by 3% in the second quarter, driven by demand for AI-capable machines. Apple (AAPL.O) led the surge among PC makers. The research reflects that PC shipments hit 64.9 million units in the three months ending June 30, marking the second consecutive quarter of rise after two years of decline.

IDC indicated that Apple’s shipments increased by 20.8% from the second quarter of 2023, the largest increase among global PC makers, followed by Acer Group’s gain of 13.7%. The PC market is projected to recover from a slowdown in orders caused by the pandemic-related buying binge.

Two consecutive quarters of growth, market excitement around artificial intelligence PCs, and a commercial refresh cycle appear to be exactly what the PC market required, according to Ryan Reith, group vice president at IDC’s Worldwide Device Trackers.

“The buzz is clearly around AI, but a lot is happening with non-AI PC purchasing to make this mature market show signs of positivity.”

However, dismal results in China continued to hold back the market, according to IDC, which added that excluding China, global shipments increased by more than 5% year on year in the quarter. Lenovo Group (0992.HK) had the biggest market share of 22.7%, followed by HP (HPQ.N) at 21.1%. Dell Technologies’ (DELL.N) market share was 15.5%, although shipments declined 2.4%.

The recent impact of the AI Boom with several technologies have led to a rise in demand for high configuration PCs from most of the PC manufacturers.