While the global PC industry experienced small growth in the second quarter for 2011, compared to this time last year (2.5 per cent growth), PC shipments dropped between four to six per cent in the US, according to analyst firms, IDC and Gartner.
One company enjoyed impressive figures though. Guess who?
Apple’s PC shipments in Q2, 2011, in the US were 1,814,000 units, up from 1,672,000 in Q2, 2010.
The only other PC manufacturer to experience any growth at all was Toshiba – up to 1,616,000 from 1,565,000 in the same period from the previous year.
All other PC vendors experienced a reduction in units shifted, with the really big losers being Acer (1,570,000 from 2,028,000 and a drop from third to fifth), and Dell (3,822,000 from 4,236,000).
Apple’s market share now sits at 10.7 per cent, up from 8.5 per cent in the prior-year quarter, and a full 6.7 per cent increase from Q1, 2006. Elsewhere in the tech market, the news isn’t good about sales of 3G cellular-equipped tablets – there aren’t many.
IDG analyst, Bob O’Donnell, said consumers don’t want to pay wireless carriers for another data plan on top of their data plans for smartphone. “The 3G thing on tablets is bogus,” O’Donnell said. “Nobody wants to pay for that data.”
He said “hundreds of thousands” of 3G-ready tablets are sitting unsold in inventory at carrier stores and other retailers in the US because tablet customers far prefer buying a tablet to work over Wi-Fi instead of 3G cellular.
“Tablets are a different animal than smartphones and are much more like a typical computer where you tend to sit in one place using Wi-Fi to work,” O’Donnell said.