What you need to know
- Mac shipments have seen a 20% decline in Q1 of 2020.
- The company shipped 3.2 million Macs, a steep drop from its 4 million units last year.
- The drop is attributed to a lack of inventory due to supply chain disruptions.
The pandemic has led to a lot of people working from home and a surge in demand for computers, webcams, keyboards, mice, and other pieces of technology to support workers in their houses. However, it appears that COVID-19's impact on the supply chain has resulted in the industry not being able to keep up with the new demand for products.
A new report from analytics firm Canalys shows that, while demand for Apple's computers is high, supply chain constraints has led to a 21% decrease in shipments during the first quarter of 2020. Whereas the company had sold over four million Macs in Q1 of last year, units have decreased to 3.2 million in 2020.
Rushabh Doshi, Research Director at Canalys, says that a constrained supply of Intel chips and closure of Chinese factories led to a shortage in supply for both workers and students looking for computers as businesses and schools closed.
Ishan Dutt, Analyst at Canalys, says that, once the supply meets the demand, the rest of the year will be a precarious time for hardware companies. With businesses and schools expected to remain closed and employees and students freshly equipped with the technology they need, demand will likely plummet for many of the categories that are currently highly sought after.
You can check out the full report at the Canalys Newsroom.
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