Oct 14 2013, 4:35pm CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
None of the other top U.S personal computer vendors reported any loss of sales, including Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, and Dell, but sales of Apple’s Mac dropped 11 percent from last year’s. As Morning News USA reports, Loren Loverde, IDC analyst expects the currently week status of the PC market to be offset by a demand that is higher than projected, pointing to the fact that Apple’s focus has been more on portable devices and consumers. The growth PC vendors were able to enjoy in the third quarter come from commercial customers.
The increase in sales reported by both Dell and HP were marginal. The top PC provider, Lenovo, reported a growth of two percent. Nevertheless, global shipments of PC fell 8 percent, still staying higher than expected by IDC, having predicted the drop to be 10 percent. The U.S market for PC is expected to reduce by 25 percent by 2015.
PC sales were even lower in Asia, as the high level of availability for low cost Android smartphones eradicated the PC market. Asus and Acer, two Taiwanese vendors both say sales drop by more than 34 percent.
Experts report that the market is shifting towards internet enabled appliances, tablets, and smartphones, leaving the PC market to erode significantly, possibly without recovery. The answer Dell has to the dilemma is to turn the focus towards enterprise solutions, while HP has simply remained unable to successfully prepare for a post-PC world.
With the iPad and iPhone, Apple is well prepared. Its main competition appears to remain in Google and Microsoft.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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