What you need to know
- Gartner's global device forecast has 5G iPhones driving demand.
- 2020 will see device growth.
- But things will slow again afterward.
Gartner believes that 2020 will be a year of device growth, according to its annual global device forecast.
Gartner looks at shipments for everything from phones to computers, and it believes that we can expect 5G iPhones to help push demand skyward in 2020 according to 9to5Mac.
That growth will be a rare one for the market as a whole, with 5G thought to be the main driving force.
However, that good news is tempered by further belief that we can expect things to return to normal in 2021. Gartner expects device growth to end with a decline arriving in 2021.
With people generally keeping devices for longer and longer companies are struggling to find ways to get people to upgrade. The days of phone buyers upgrading on an annual cycle have long gone, and that's something that is impacting everyone – including Apple.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.