A study from American ‘technology research & advisory’ company Gartner has found that sales of PC units has decreased worldwide for a fifth consecutive quarter, with tablet computers believed to be the leading cause of this downfall.
With Q2 2013 now marked as a decrease when it comes to worldwide shipments of computer sets, the period of 15 months has been proclaimed by the company as ‘the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history’.
Statistically, it was noted that shipments of PC units dropped by 10.9% between Q1-Q2 of 2013, with just 76 million new sets recorded worldwide between April and June. For individual companies, Asus was recognised as the one losing out the most during the period, after they shipped out over 1 million units less than in Q2 2012, while Lenovo, dropping around 0.6% from that point, were the ones who were least effected during the past year.
Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said of the continuing trends: “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market. While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance.”
Following on from a similar story last month where the same company predicted a similar ‘10%’ level of decline over the next two quarters, it is clear that the PC market is not what it used to be, but by how much can tablet computers realistically dominate the industry?