Demand for notebooks and enterprise desktops expected to pick up
Currently in the throes of an unrelenting downward spiral, the global PC market is desperately overdue for some good news, but turning the corner after eight straight quarters of global shipment decline is not going to be easy. Nevertheless, a number of key players in the PC market remain hopeful of encountering some solid demand in the second half of 2014.
Apple remains largest vendor despite ‘sharpest ever’ decline in iPad shipments
Global PC shipments rose 5 percent year on year to reach 123.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest shipments data published by research firm Canalys. Roughly 41 percent of those shipments belonged to the tablet category and about 38 percent to the species notebook, with desktops making up the rest.
Computer shipments dropped 9.8 percent in 2014, IDC says
The PC market has been in a slump for several quarters now, and in all of 2013, worldwide computer shipments dropped 9.8 percent, according to newly released data by International Data Corporation (IDC). On the plus side, the decline was slightly better than IDC's 10.1 percent projection, and fourth quarter results were better than expected, though overall it still ranks as the "most severe contraction on record," IDC says.
Bean counters at both IDC and Gartner pegged PC shipments at a bit over 82 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, the former tallying 82.2 million PCs representing a 5.6 percent year-on-year loss, and the latter coming up with 82.6 million system shipments for a 6.9 percent decline compared to the same period in 2012. Gartner called it the worst decline in PC market history, but there's reason to be optimistic, especially for Lenovo.
Market research firm predicts 10 percent market shrinkage
If industry analysts don't start saying nice things about PCs, we may start to develop a complex. We jest, of course -- this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Feelings -- and we're confident that PCs will be around for a long, long time, but what's unknown is when mainstream users will see the need to upgrade again. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), PC shipments continue to decline because consumers are getting by just fine with their older machines.
Yes, tablets and traditional PCs can coexist in the market place
You may find yourself wanting to gouge your eyeballs out with a used grapefruit spoon every time you see a headline declaring the end the end of the PC era. We're willing to concede that tablets and even smartphones have cut into traditional PC sales the last several quarters, and we haven't been shy about covering the decline in shipments, but the numbers just don't support the notion that the PC as you know is dead. Furthermore, at least one market research firm believes the market is close to bottoming out.
Both Lenovo and HP shipped more PCs in the third quarter of 2013 than in the same quarter a year ago, though overall, the market declined 8.6 percent to 80.3 million overall PC shipments from all players, according to preliminary data released by Gartner. This would mark the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments, and the worst sales quarter during the back-to-school season in terms of PC volume since 2008.
Well, it finally happened. According to newly compiled data from two separate market research firms, Gartner and International Data Corporation (IDC), Lenovo is now the top supplier of PCs in the world, overtaking Hewlett-Packard (HP) for pole position. While Gartner and IDC report a slightly different number of PC shipments for each OEM, both report Lenovo as having a leading 16.7 percent share of the market, versus HP's 16.3-16.4 percent share.
The demise of the PC as you know it is often talked about, or at least alluded to, but just because tablets are uber popular doesn't mean there isn't room for old and new style PCs in the market. According the latest forecast by Canalys, traditional and tablet PC sales combined in 2013 will total 493.1 million units, up from 459.6 million 2012. By 2017, that number will jump to 713.8 million.