2012 PC market will shrink for the first time in a decade
The PC market will shrink in 2012 for the first time in over a decade, says IHS
The total PC market in 2012 is expected to contract by 1.2% to 348.7m units, down from 352.8m in 201.
Not since 2001 has the worldwide PC industry suffered such a decline.
“Now three quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel’s third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down,” says Craig Stice at IHS.
‘The year started off with hope for Intel’s ultrabooks at CES and continued midyear during Computex as Intel plugged its latest Ivy Bridge processor. Shipments during the second quarter, however, once again disappointed,’ relates IHS
The questions are:
How much impact will Windows 8 have toward boosting the Q4 PC market?
Will continuing global economic concerns neutralise whatever hype or interest has been generated by ultrabooks?
Will mobile computing gadgets such as tablets and smartphones win over PCs during the crucial holiday selling season?
Can the PC withstand the assault from tablets and smartphones?