Print 101 comment(s) - last by Mint.. on Apr 16 at 6:39 AM

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.

Source: IDC

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 11:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Again, read the actual article. This is not the article.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
See my reply above.

This is *the* article. You're making comments about another article, someplace else.

You should have actually said that, instead of saying "the article" - which by any stretch of logic would refer to *this* article, here, on this page.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
This is NOT the article. This is dailytech's summary of the article. The article referenced throughout is the IDC's actual report. I'm sorry you were confused, but a little critical thinking is necessary in these comments, I suppose.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
This is really the only statement made about Apple in that *other* article:

Apple fared better than the overall U.S. market, but still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also face competition from iPads.

There's nothing in the article assigning blame or giving a free pass on any of this.

But I would speculate that perhaps the most clear reason why any decline in Apple sales isn't due to Windows 8 is probably the fact that Apple products don't come with Windows 8.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:23:00 PM , Rating: 2
You're kidding right? The entire article is lambasting Windows 8 for the decline of PC sales but it gives ONE line to Apple's decline? You don't see how this is just a little bit suspicious?

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 12:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
No. If Windows 8 had anything to do with Apple, I might...but as it is, and as I noted above, Apple products don't come with Win8. Ergo, people's hatred for Win8 categorically can't be responsible for Apple declines.

In fact, if anything, logic dictates that if people hate Win8 (they do), then they'd look for alternatives. Apple is an alternative to Win8.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:53:28 PM , Rating: 2
And yet its shipments are down. So, obviously, this probably has nothing to do with Windows 8. Which again, points out how biased the IDC's opinions appear to be.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 1:35:21 PM , Rating: 3
What the...what?

OK first of all, I agree that the IDC, Gartner, Forrester, et al are full of sh1t on a full-time basis. I get that.

What I don't get is what point you think you're making. I really don't.

What is it that you think the IDC should have blamed for Apple's decline? It can't be Windows 8. It pretty much has to be Android. Or...WTF are you thinking?

By Varun on 4/11/2013 11:41:40 PM , Rating: 3
Um, maybe what he's saying is that if PC sales are DOWN due to Windows 8, why are Apple sales down? Your answer is Android.

More likely it's Android and iOS that is taking sales from Apple - but they are more than likely ALSO taking sales from Windows.

The netbook revolution kickstarted Windows XP and then 7 sales, but that low end of the market is essentially gone now to tablets.

Also, IDC is not counting Windows 8 tablets as PCs either, so their numbers are skewed.

In the end, this is doom and gloom for PC makers who suck (HP and Dell) and Lenovo is kicking butt because they know how to make well built machines that look great too.

"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

Latest Headlines
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Samsung Galaxy S7
September 14, 2016, 6:00 AM
Apple Watch 2 – Coming September 7th
September 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple says “See you on the 7th.”
September 1, 2016, 6:30 AM

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Laptop or Tablet - Which Do You Prefer?
September 20, 2016, 6:32 AM
Update: Samsung Exchange Program Now in Progress
September 20, 2016, 5:30 AM
Smartphone Screen Protectors – What To Look For
September 21, 2016, 9:33 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki