There certainly has been a lot of growth and excitement around mobile devices such as Smartphones and digital tablets, especially in the education market. But is the PC becoming extinct? Will we all be using handheld devices instead? Not so fast, says one study. It looks like PCs are alive and well — and will be for quite some time.
According to market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), despite the popularity of tablets and other mobile devices, PCs are here to stay for the foreseeable future anyway. According to their study, annual PC shipments are expected to GROW by 50% between now and 2016. IDC reports total PC shipments worldwide and across all segments grew a modest 1.8 percent in 2011, reaching 353.3 million units. That growth was driven by traditional portable computers (laptops, netbooks, etc.), which increased 4.2 percent overall to 209.4 million units. Desktop PCs actually declined in 2011 worldwide by 1.6 percent from 2010, reaching 144 million units. Total PC shipments are expected to reach 518.3 million units in 2013, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
It's true that growth of the PC was slowed by the excitement around Apple's iPad and other digital tablets that hit the market within the last couple of years, but IDC believes this trend could change with the release of the new Windows Operating System later this year.
"Many consumers are holding off making PC purchases at the moment because tablet devices like Apple's iPad are proving to be a powerful distraction," Bob O'Donnell, vice president of clients and displays at IDC, in a statement released today to coincide with the report. "However, end user surveys tell us that few people consider media tablets as replacements for their PCs, so later this year when there is a new Microsoft operating system, available in sleek new PC form factors, we believe consumer interest in PCs will begin to rebound."
The following chart gives some insight into worldwide shipments of desktop PCs vs. portable PCs.
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