While many have extolled the rise of tablet-culture to be a hallmark of the beginning of a ‘post-PC world’, recent numbers from market research firm IDC prove that there is still life in the PC market.
According to IDC, the worldwide PC market saw a slight increase in volume during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011, with shipments rising 2.3%. This beats IDC’s original growth estimate, published in February, of a 0.9 percent year-on-year increase.
“PC market growth remained limited in the first quarter as HDD supply and other factors limited demand,” said Loren Loverde, IDC vice president of Worldwide Consumer Device Trackers. “As a result, we expect PC shipments to pick up significantly by the fourth quarter and beyond as HDD supply and pricing are normalized, Windows 8 is launched, and replacements pick up.
“Slow growth in the U.S. shows that despite interesting and new form factors like all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs and Ultrabook– class notebook PCs, the market remains conservative and focused on replacements,” said Mr. Loverde in a release.
“Commercial buyers are still cautious, while consumers are evaluating multiple products and may be waiting for the release of Microsoft Windows 8 later this year. The U.S. PC market is likely to remain constrained at least until the launch of Windows 8, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012.”
Rival market research firm Gartner also found that the PC market was growing year-on-year. Gartner says that worldwide PC shipments totaled 89 million units in the first quarter of 2012, a 1.9 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011.
With regards to vendor market share, HP leads the pack with growth of 3.2% — nullifying the decline it experienced last quarter as new CEO Meg Whitman dismantled the last of the Apotheker regime’s failed strategies
HP remained the market leader in this past quarter, accounting for 17.2 percent of worldwide PC shipments, according to Gartner.