PC Shipments Fall Further, Tablets Now Preferred Computing Device!


Bulky Desktop Computers are going out of fashion and the numbers released by IDC’s Worldwide PC tracker proves that. According to IDC’s report, PC shipments are now expected to fall by -7.8% in 2013.

Users are either holding or completely putting off their decisions to buy a PC. Instead, they are increasingly tilted towards using a Tablet or smartphone to fulfill their computing needs.

While the fall in PC shipments was gradual and slow last year, this year seems to have accelerated the decline in numbers. The PC shipment volume is expected to reach 333 million by 2017, which is lower than 349 million PCs shipped in 2012. PC shipments had reached their peak in 2011, when a total of 363 million units were sold.

Worldwide PC Shipments

On the other hand, more and more people are obviously looking at Smartphones and Tablets to do their computing jobs and it is clearly reflecting in the increased sales numbers of portable PCs.

In addition to this with the advent of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon, many organizations will not make the PC purchases as they have been doing earlier, thereby bringing down the volumes of Desktop PC further.

Desktop Vs Portable PC shipments

While in 2013, the portable PC numbers have fallen, it is primarily due to the prevalent economic conditions, where many have put off their decisions to buy these devices.

However, according to IDC report, total portable PC shipments are expected to reach from 187.4 million in 2013 to 209.5 million units in 2017. At the same time, PC shipments are expected to go down from 134.4 million units to 123.9 million units in 2017.

IDC report also showcases the fact that the growth of portable PCs in emerging market is much higher as compared to mature markets.

Portable PC growth

In 2012 and 2013 mature markets have seen steep fall in portable PCs sales and even in 2017, they will witness only a marginal growth, whereas emerging countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia and China will lead the growth in portable PC market.

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