PC Industry Sales Dropped Nearly 14 Percent in Q1 2013
April 11, 2013 10:13 AM
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IDC blames smartphones and tablets for sharp PC decline
Research firm IDC has posted the numbers for worldwide PC shipments in Q1 of 2013, and they show the steepest decline ever in a single quarter since the company has been monitoring the industry. Global PC shipments during Q1 of 2013 totaled 76.3 million units. That number represents a decline of 13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2011.
The posted decline in Q1 of 2013 was nearly twice the expected decline of 7.7% according to IDC. IDC also notes that the poor showing in Q1 marks the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipment declines for the industry. Computer shipments in the U.S. declined by 12.7% year-over-year and declined 18.3% compared to Q4 2012.
IDC says that despite mild improvement in economic environment around the world and some new PC models with
Windows 8 shipments were down significantly
across all regions compared to the same quarter of 2012.
Declining mini notebook shipments took a big chunk out of the low-end market with tablets and smartphones also contributing to divert significant spending from the computer industry. IDC also reports that
weak reception for Windows 8
has hurt the industry and computer makers continue to struggle to differentiate themselves from others on the market.
"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays. "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."
HP is still the top computer vendor but its worldwide shipments fell more than 23% year-over-year. Lenovo remained in second place and came close to closing the gap between it and HP. Lenovo posted double-digit, year-over-year growth in the U.S.
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RE: End of moore's law
4/11/2013 10:45:24 AM
What do you need your computer to go faster for?
We hit a plateau of need for additional hardware power some time ago. There's just nothing that a normal person needs to do that can't be done with massive amounts of processing power leftover already...been this way for years.
Gaming will continue to drive innovation for that specific use of computers...there's always going to be a desire for yet-more-realistic graphics.
But for the average user? A 10-year old computer, eventual hardware failure notwithstanding, probably could do everything that user ever needs to do for the rest of their lives.
RE: End of moore's law
4/11/2013 11:10:15 AM
This can not be overstated. I've been telling people this for years. Computer hardware reached a point of dimishing returns about 10 years ago. A decent computer that was bought within the last 10 years simply still has hardware good enough for most average users. Literally unless you are running some intense video editing software or a hardcore gamer what do you need the extra power for? How fast do you need to be able to open facebook or pull up a word document? But people are dumb and go out in droves like mindless zombies to buy the latest shinny object they are selling when most everything they do could be handled by a 10 year old PC running XP.
RE: End of moore's law
4/11/2013 3:41:24 PM
I agree with this line of reasoning. A PC has become an appliance like a washing machine. It serves a purpose and it's useful until it breaks. It's not going to be obsolete in 3 years like was the case back in the 90's.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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