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As is usually the case in estimating worldwide and US shipments of PC hardware, the two leading US firms charged with tracking the industry disagree -- sometimes quite significantly -- on the specific figures of how much the general PC market has fallen, but agree completely that it has. In the year-over-year comparison of first-quarter computer shipments, Gartner reports a 9.6 percent decline, while IDC paints a gloomier picture with an 11.5 percent drop. While Gartner claims there were 64.8 million units shipped in the first three months of the year compared to IDC's notably-lower 60.6 million, both companies agree it is the sixth consecutive quarter of declines, and the first time since 2007 that shipments fell below 65 million units.
While significantly disagreeing on the shipment or sales numbers of its rivals, analysis firms IDC and Gartner have agreed that Apple surpassed all expectations in a number of areas with its record-shattering calendar Q4 performance, with Gartner awarding Apple the crown of top smartphone seller in the world. An earlier report by IDC had Apple barely missing the top spot, claiming that Samsung shipped 75.1 million units, despite a sharp drop in profits and revenue.
Based on shipment data, analyst firm IDC has determined that Apple and Samsung have effectively gained full control of the smartphone market, splitting 96.3 percent of all smartphones shipped -- up nearly a full percentage point from the same period last year. All Android phones combined account for 81.5 percent in 2014, a slight increase from 2013. The percentages flip, however, when talking about money rather than units -- with Apple said to get 90 percent of the profits in the industry.
Research firm IDC has reported that the established order of dominance in the Chinese smartphone market has crumbled, with Apple's iPhone 6 lineup pushing the Cupertino manufacturer into second place in the market, a doubling of its position from 2013. Low-cost Chinese maker Xiaomi took first place with just slightly better performance than Apple, while Samsung -- previously the unchallenged top seller -- fell to fifth place in marketshare.
On the back of Gartner's PC sales figures, International Data Corporation (IDC) announced its own research numbers indicating that PC shipments saw a year-on-year decline in the second quarter. IDC says that the results from its quarterly PC tracker showed that second quarter 2014 saw the smallest decline in PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012.
Shipments of Windows Phone devices have overtaken those of BlackBerry phones for the first time, according to a report. Numbers from IDC places the Microsoft mobile operating system in third place, still a considerable away behind iOS and Android shipments, which are said to make up 92.3-percent of all shipments when combined.
Technology industry trend tracker IDC has revealed that the holiday season sales of personal computers dropped for the first time in half a decade. The poor results continued a year of losses for PC manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, and Toshiba -- who all saw the first year of sales losses in over ten years. Apple gained market share on most of the industry, but still contracted 0.2 percent in the holiday quarter.
Both Gartner and IDC provided early estimates of winter 2012 market share that showed Apple making big strides in the US. The two gave the Mac a tentative share of 10 or 10.6 percent, in either case enough to put it in third place. Both saw rapidly falling Acer and Toshiba below Apple in share.
A shift towards the mobile world could see Android overtake Windows for sheer market share, IDC put out in a long-term estimate. Putting mobile and desktop platforms in a single smart device category, it had Windows slipping from 35.9 percent as of 2011 to 25.1 percent in 2016. Android would only slightly move in share, from 29.4 percent to 31.1 percent, but would move enough to claim the top computing platform.
IDC painted an optimistic picture of traditional PCs in a Tuesday long-term estimate of their shipments. Researchers expected PC shipments to grow just five percent year-on-year in 2012, but pinned most of this sluggishness on the first half, as the iPad and other tablets were a "powerful distraction," IDC VP Bob O'Donnell said. However, a mix of the Windows 8 launch and ultrabooks was assumed to be creating "excitement" that would see a bounce back.