Once PC vendors let go of their great unfounded hope that high-cost Ultrabooks would deliver a huge windfall in sales, then they were able to focus more on the real demand for low-cost notebook PCs and Chromebooks in the marketplace.
Overall worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -3.7 percent in 2014, that’s a slight improvement from the previous forecast of -6 percent, according to IDC. Notebook PCs have made some progress addressing tablet competition with more slim, touch, and low-cost models available.
Growth of Chromebooks is also contributing to the PC outlook.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7 percent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).
The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012.
Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -6.0 percent in 2014, according to IDC. Mature regions did benefit primarily from a recovery surge in Western Europe while other mature regions performed modestly above expectations in the first quarter of 2014 1Q14.
“2014 represents an important shift for the PC market in emerging regions,” said Jay Chou.
Low-cost mobile devices, cloud computing and open-source software continue to reshape the Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors of the global economy. The impact from the transformation is far reaching, as growth stalls in some of the more traditional product and service categories.
A case in point; worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14) — that’s a decline of -4.4 percent year-on-year.
Global personal computer sales continue to be weak in a marketplace that favors other devices — such as smartphones and media tablets. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014 — that’s a 1.7 percent decline from the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Gartner.
“The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, recent findings reveal that vendors of Tablet Hybrid devices will ship nearly 50 million units by 2018, rising from an estimated 9.5 million in 2013.
As hybrid devices are relatively young, there is a distinct lack of industry standardization for what it actually constitutes.