Demand for personal computers rose toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a growing number of people found themselves working and taking classes from home. But now it looks like demand is falling considerably.

According to a report from Counterpoint, shipments fell by double-digits between Q3, 2021 and Q3, 2022. Most top PC makers including Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Asus saw shipments slip… although Apple actually saw an increase, likely due to the company’s decision to launch new models late in the second quarter.

In other recent tech news from around the web, Amazon’s Fire TV Cube 3 is now available.. Apple’s new iPad and iPad Pro models are now shipping, with prices starting at $449 for the new 10.9 inch, 10th-gen iPad. Apple may be preparing a 16 inch iPad. The company has confirmed that an iPhone with a USB-C port is on the way (although it’s unclear if it will be available worldwide. The recently-launched Microsoft Windows Dev Kit 2023 mini PC has a user-replaceable SSD. And luxury phone maker Vertu has jumped on the web3/crypto/DeFi bandwagon.

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  1. The only reason for a a new PC is to get TPM 2.0 support for Windows 11. But Windows 10 is still supported until October 14, 2025 Most people won’t need to buy a new PC for at least 3 more years. Even after Windows 10 end of life, those old computers will still be able to run Linux for free.

  2. At this point, who needs a new computer unless the current one fails and cannot be fixed cheaply? My desktop PC is more than 5 years old and still does everything I need including the occasional video editing. I have an 8 year old Dell laptop that still runs quickly under Linux. I also was just given a MacBook Pro from around 2012 that also runs decently under Linux. Unless I need some new tech the current hardware doesn’t support, I am not upgrading. I guess that is why Microsoft made sure many PCs don’t meet the minimum requirements for the newer versions of Windows. Forcing many to upgrade hardware that could otherwise continue to serve for years.

      1. Did you read the comments on the article you linked to? It is not feasible no matter how much someone at Microsoft wants it. Twenty years ago Microsoft had a bigger chunk of the industry. Not these days. With many/most servers running Linux, web apps, dozens of makes/models of cell phones, IOT, etc. Microsoft doesn’t have quite the muscle they used to have. Not to mention the idea of client side security will not be accepted in some circles no matter who pushes it.

        1. I’ve seen a lot of things that shouldn’t have been feasible happen anyway lately. And few things that are different from 20 years ago:
          Remote attestation is already in place in iOS, ChromeOS, MacOS and Android, most people just don’t notice because almost no one roots their phones or does anything that would cause them to notice.
          People now typically sign into their computers with accounts made with the vendor of their OS, usually because they think they just have to. That includes Azure AD accounts. They won’t notice.
          Phones all have on-chip TPMs.
          Once a certain critical mass of everyone’s PCs do, a major service provider can just flip a switch requiring remote attestation, and anyone who signs in with an OS vendor account won’t notice any obstacles to doing whatever they’re doing.
          People who complain about things are increasingly looked down on, and anyone having a problem is probably going to be called an idiot who just needs to get with the program and buy a new PC, and that will probably be the solution to most people complaining about interruptions. The rest is a fringe group that can be easily be made an object of disdain.
          Finally, CMMC exists, and anything can be added to it at any time, including remote attestation should the governmentMicrosoft want it.