Numbers posted by IDC research this week reveal that worldwide PC shipments fell 3.2% during the first quarter of 2011, as compared with Q1 of 2010.
The decline was much higher than what IDC had forecasted, which was 1.5% growth in worldwide PC shipments. Things were even worse in the US, where PC shipments were down 10% in Q1 2011.
Analyst reports claim that a variety of causes are to blame for the PC market decline such as cautious business spending and rising fuel/commodity prices. However, there is also the massive explosion in consumer demand for tablets, specifically the iPad.
The recent successful launch of the iPad 2, and extreme consumer demand for the device, does not help the PC market gain market share and can be partly attributed to the market decline. With a shift to tablet computing, the PC market may see more year over year declines in the coming months.
” ‘Good-enough computing’ has become a firm reality, exemplified first by Mini Notebooks and now Media Tablets,” says Jay Chou, an IDC analyst. “Macroeconomic forces can explain some of the ebb and flow of the PC business, but the real question PC vendors have to think hard about is how to enable a compelling user experience that can justify spending on the added horsepower.”
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