PC shipments continued their downward trend during the second quarter of the year according to the latest data from two leading market research firms. Specifically, IDC estimated that unit sales dropped 11.4%, while Gartner put the decline at 10.9%. Both blamed the drop on the same reasons we’ve been hearing for a while now: people are opting for touch-based tablets and smartphones rather than PCs.
Gartner says inexpensive tablets are displacing low-end computers in “mature” markets such as the US, while in emerging markets they are also growing fast and at best least causing people to defer the purchase of a PC. IDC seconds that notion, saying consumers can get their Internet fix from inexpensive mobile devices, while also pointing out that the release of Windows 8 has done little to revive interest in desktop computing.
In terms of marketshare per manufacturer, both research firms both put Lenovo at 16.7% globally, which is less than a percentage point more than HP and enough to claim the top spot in the April – June period. The Chinese firm is still outpacing rivals, but growth is slowing down and actually slipped into negative territory this quarter. Dell, Acer and Asus rounded out the top five list and all three continued to see a decline in sales.
When it comes to the US market specifically, HP and Dell are still leading the race, with roughly 25% and 24% share each. Apple is a distant third with ~11.5% market share followed by Lenovo at ~10% and either Toshiba or Acer in fifth, depending on who you ask. Things are not looking good for the latter with the biggest year-on-year shipment decline at over 32% globally and a drop of almost 20% in the US. Gartner: Preliminary worldwide PC vendor unit shipment estimates fo 2Q13
2Q13 market share
2Q12 market share
IDC: Top 5 vendors, worldwide PC shipments, second quarter 2013 (preliminary)
The research firm IDC posted a report in March, predicting that for the entire year of 2013, PC shipments worldwide would contract by 1.3 percent. Today, IDC issued their report on PC shipments for the first quarter of 2013 and the results were even worse than what the firm had expected.
IDC says that there were 76.3 million PC units shipped during the first three months of the year, which is 13.9 percent lower than the same period a year ago. IDC previously predicted first quarter 2013 PC shipments would go down but by just 7.7 percent.
What’s the culprit? IDC points the finger squarely at Microsoft and the launch of Windows 8 as the main reason for the lower number of PC shipments. Part of the reason is that Windows 8 PCs with touchscreens and slim designs have been “hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply.” However, IDC says that the design of Windows 8 itself is also to blame.
Bob O’Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays, states:
While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.
IDC also says that the current restructuring issues that are affecting two of the major PC makers, HP and Dell, have not helped the PC market. Lenovo seems to be an exception, with IDC claiming that it “continues to execute on a solid ‘attack’ strategy.” Microsoft is scheduled to reveal its first quarter 2013 financial results on Thursday, April 18th. Hopefully we should get some more color about Windows 8 sales at that time.
via IDC: PC shipments down 13.9% for the first quarter, blames Windows 8 – Neowin.
According to the latest data from IDC, global shipments of smart connected devices exceeded a billion units in 2012, an increase of 29.1% from the previous year and representing a value of $576.9 billion. Although plenty of smartphones and other “smart” electronics were moved last year, the researcher notes that the market’s growth was largely thanks to a 78.4% on-year boost in tablet shipments, which topped 128 million units.
That’s a pretty significant slice of the computing pie if you exclude smartphones from the billion devices and IDC expects interest in slates to continue for the foreseeable future. Tablets are due to outship desktops in 2013 and notebooks in 2014, while both of those PC segments will either lose ground or see relatively flat growth. The desktop market is expected to shrink consistently through 2017, when growth is expected to be -1%.
All told, IDC forecasts that companies will shift 190 million tablets worldwide this year, which would mark an annual growth of 48.7%, while smartphones shipments are expected to swell by 27.2% to 918.5 million units. Looking further ahead, the researcher says smart connected devices will reach shipments of 2.2 billion units and revenues of $814.3 billion in 2017, with tablet and smartphone growth tapering to 9.8% and 8.5%.
The analyst firm also touched on the latest market share rankings of Apple and Samsung. The iDevice maker is said to have “significantly closed the gap” with Samsung in the last quarter of 2012 after moving plenty of iPhone 5s and iPad Minis, which pushed Apple’s unit shipment share up to 20.3% — just behind Samsung’s 21.2% cut. However, Apple represented a larger slice of the quarter’s revenue at 30.7% versus 20.4%.
via Tablets to outship desktops this year, notebooks next year – TechSpot.