PC Shipments Slide as Consumers Turn to Tablets: IDC
Despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices.With consumers increasingly enamored by tablets and larger-screen smartphones with enhanced processing power, interest in PCs has remained limited, leading to little indication of positive growth beyond replacement of existing systems, according to research firm IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The report projected worldwide PC shipments would fall by 10.1 percent in 2013, slightly below the previous projection of 9.7 percent, and far and away the most severe yearly contraction on record. The findings suggest what the results of a recent Nielsen survey also indicated—as consumers move towards more portable devices, they have little need to replace an aging PC system. "Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system," Jay Chou, senior research analyst for Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC, said in a statement. "While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device–for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones–PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available."
While the commercial market fared slightly better, dipping just 5 percent compared with the 15 percent drop the consumer market witnessed, the report noted the long-term outlook for the two markets is not significantly different, with a small decline projected for both consumer and commercial segments in 2014 with near flat growth in the longer term.