Earlier today we reported on International Data Corporation's (IDC's) analysis that overall PC shipments are on pace to decline to 10.1 percent in 2013, marking the worst decline ever recorded. IDC reasoned that consumers are finding existing PCs are able to get the job done, as opposed to cannibalization by tablets and smartphones. While that might be true, one category that seems to be doing well is all-in-one PCs.
According to Digitimes Research, global AIO PC shipments will grow nearly 5 percent in 2014. There's been been a "wave of replacement demand" since Apple came out with its super thin iMacs earlier in the year, which is helping to boost demand for these types of systems.
Gamers and power users usually avoid AIO systems, either because they're not powerful enough or because they typically lack easy upgrade solutions. There are a handful of models that buck both trends, but by and large, AIOs are more attractive to mainstream users. These space saving designs along with the increasing prominence of touchscreen panels could temp users to ditch their existing desktops.
It's already been happening to some extent. According to Digitimes Research, AIO shipments grew 2.3 percent in 2012 and 15.8 percent in 2013. While demand is projected to subside a bit next year, AIO shipments will still account for 11.5 percent of global desktop shipments in 2014.