Sales of personal computers will decline
this year almost twice as fast as they did in 2012, when a 4-per-cent
sales drop marked the largest ever experienced by the computer
industry, research firm IDC reported Tuesday.
IDC analysts said that the main driver of the trend was the increasing popularity of tablet computers - which will surpass traditional PC sales in 2015 - and the growing number of people who use their personal computers at work, cutting into corporate PC demand.
The gloomy PC figures came in a revision to the firm's original annual forecast, in which it had predicted just a 1.3-per-cent drop in computer sales.
But following the steep drop in first quarter PC sales, when shipments dropped almost 14 per cent compared to a year earlier, IDC now believes that annual sales figures will drop 7.8 per cent compared to 2012 with total shipments equaling 321.9 million units.
At the same time, tablet shipments will grow 58.7 per cent to 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units in 2012, outselling laptop computers, the company said. Tablet sales will surpass total PC sales in 2015, according to the report.
"Many users are realizing that everyday computing ... doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage," said IDC analyst Loren Loverde.
"Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces. These users have not necessarily given up on PCs as a platform for computing when a more robust environment is needed, but this takes a smaller share of computing time, and users are making do with older systems."
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