Are PCs Dying?

Consumers don’t seem to give a damn to PCs anymore!

When you can browse the web, check e-mail, play video games and do a countless other things with tablets and smartphones, why would you need the PC.

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PC shipments worldwide fell nearly 14% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to market researcher International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

Total PC shipments in the first quarter of 2013 is estimated at 76.29 million units compared to 88.63 million units in the same quarter in 2012.

The year-on-year decline is said to be the worst quarter since IDC started tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994.

The poor PC shipments in the first quarter marks the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines.

PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago.

IDC is blaming tablets, smartphones and poor reception to Windows 8 for decline in PC shipments.

3 Responses to "Are PCs Dying?"

  1. rmadasu   April 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Maybe its only Windows PCs.

    Macbooks and IMacs seem to be doing well even though they are pricier. Responds:

    No, Apple does not appear to be immune to the malaise affecting the PC industry.

    IDC says Apple shipments in the U.S. fell 7.5% in Q1 of 2013 to 1.418 million units.

  2. Nanbenda_Kumaru   April 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Agree, Overall PC Shipments are down.

    Even on this scenario, Lenovo did much better, means more shipments!

    So what it says? Lenavo has increased sales because it provided the value to its customer. value in price, performance and quality. So they have shown growth.

    However, overall PC growth may slow down, unless new features or new products that blow away a iPad customer. Responds:

    More than anything, I think mobility and ease of use of tablets and smartphones are killing PCs.

    Lenovo was flat worldwide but grew 13% in the U.S.

    Looks like Lenovo will soon beat HP for the top spot in PCs. With Meg Whitman at the helm, HP has no hope! She has no track-record of turning around a struggling company. Her only CEO success has been in riding a tiger (eBay).

  3. vedagiris   April 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Mobile companies provide software that are both easy to use and has good productivity ( To do list, expense managers, Audio clippers, ebook readers, etc).

    It is no surprise, that PC sales are dying due to mobility of Smartphones, Tablets and Ultra books etc., Responds:

    The sunset of PC industry means one or two million Chinese out of jobs.

    Maybe, it’s a good thing after all.

    China will be forced to focus more on internal issues than attacking India and occupying our land (Ladakh). See

    Or they could try adventurous moves like expanding their incursions into India as a distraction.

    Any slowdown in Chinese manufacturing could prompt adventurism on China’s part and India, beyond all the noise, is too weak a country to put forth meaningful resistance.

    India should forge a defense assistance treaty with U.S. like the old 1971 pact with the erstwhile Soviet Union!

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