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Gartner: PC industry worldwide plummeting, Apple not immune to drop

updated 05:02 pm EDT, Wed July 10, 2013

Apple US shipments fall, but gain in marketshare

Worldwide PC shipments -- desktop and notebook -- dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by market analystsGartner. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market's history. The fall in the Asia/Pacific PC market continued, showing five consecutive quarters of the shipment decline, while the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) PC market registered two consecutive quarters of double-digit decline.

"We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market."

Dell's shipments declined compared to a year ago, but its 2Q13 results showed a smaller decline than the past several quarters. Dell showed good growth in the US and Japan, but struggled to increase shipments in Asia/Pacific and EMEA. Both Acer and Asus showed steep declines compared to the second quarter last year. The decline was partly affected by their strategies to exit the mini-notebook market.

Where Apple has traditionally held ground, or even gained marketshare in previous quarters, the last quarter has seen a 4.3 percent decrease in Apple's growth in the US, but a 0.4 percentage point increase in marketshare, given the Cupertino company's less than market average drop. Dell and Lenovo posted gains, with HP, and Toshiba declining.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Ok. Maybe some context will help here. Just read the small print underneath the tables: "Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad". You see their angle? Good.

    Now let's think... who was rambling on about a so-called "Post-PC era" already more than 3 years ago? Oh, right.

  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: 05-13-01

    Kinda makes that "You can only do REAL work on a PC" crowd look silly. Same crowd said PCs must continue to have RS-232 ports, floppy disk drives, CD drives, DVD/Blu-ray drives in order to do REAL work.

  1. PiMatrix

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-10-13

    Actually, the stats are even more flawed. Apparently Gartner included Windows Tablets in their PC counts but not Apple iOS tablets while saying PC shipments are down due to Tablets. I think Apple has been saying that for years now.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 03-22-04

    The Gartner analyst references "the shrinking installed base of PCs." That is the first time I have seen installed base specifically mentioned. I would be interested in seeing where shrinking "installed base" data comes from. More common I would think is folks doing far less upgrading, hence dramatically lower PC sales; but that does not involve any change in installed base.

    Then again Gartner might just be blowing smoke...

  1. johnpford

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 11-04-10

    I think Gartner's counting is flawed. One example already brought up was including all Win8 Tablets(pro and not pro) while not counting iPads. Another example is that there is a big movement that I'm seeing personally toward VDI(Virtual Desktops). So now your seeing access to a corporate image through Zero Clients, iPads, etc. So yes PC shipments may be down, but access to a windows desktop in the corporate world may still be growing are at lest steady.

  1. Grendelmon

    Senior User

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Umm, no.

    Originally Posted by lkruppView Post

    Kinda makes that "You can only do REAL work on a PC" crowd look silly. Same crowd said PCs must continue to have RS-232 ports, floppy disk drives, CD drives, DVD/Blu-ray drives in order to do REAL work.

    Bullcrap. The masses consume information on tablets, not perform work. Obviously it depends on what kind of work we are talking about, but for the average user, creating content on the iPad is not a reality for the masses right now; most certainly not enough to replace a desktop. Apple has a couple of years to go in this area.

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