Gartner Estimates U.S. Mac Shipments Grew By 5% in 4Q12

Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:55pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 3666 views

Gartner has released its report on declining worldwide shipping of PCs in which it estimates that Q4 U.S. Mac shipments grew by 5.4% year over year.

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 17.5million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 2.1 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2011 (see Table 2). Due to the tight inventory control and preparation for the Windows 8 launch, most PC vendors were able to ship Windows 8 PCs to the retail space. However, PC sell-through was rather weak which leaves some level of inventory concerns for vendors in the consumer market.

“Consumer’s holiday spending went into other products and services, and U.S. holiday sales became less important for PC sales. For professionals, the fourth quarter is typically a good sales season because of last minutes PC purchases before the tax year-end. Our early research indicates that there was good growth in professional PC sales,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Notably, the report found that PC shipments worldwide decreased by 4.9% in Q4 year over year. The reason is thought to be a shift from a multi-PC household to a single-PC household with tablets.

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC. There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception and not the norm. Therefore, we hypothesize that buyers will not replace secondary PCs in the household, instead allowing them to age out and shifting consumption to a tablet.”

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ffinder - January 14, 2013 at 11:20pm
The Emperor has no clothes!! It’s very easy to see what turns people away from Windows 8 and makes them wanting to buy Apple's Macs.. What would YOU choose.. Windows 8 or Mac OS X? I dare you to take a look at the following pic: http://tinyurl.com/cyqd8qd It's a no brainer.. People will buy something that is attractive to the eyes.. Windows 8 is UGLY ! ! Microsoft STRIPPED AERO GLASS THEME from Windows 8.. Hired a bunch of three year-old kids that took the rectangular tool in Windows PAINT and created the Windows 8 METRO UI.. WOAA ! ! The smoothly elegant 3D rounded glass windows of Aero have been replaced by ONE COLOR Tiles that are two-dimensional, dull with hard, sharp corners and no drop shadows to smooth out looks, create depth and indicate which window is focused. ALSO.. Windows 8's Metro Start is: Vista’s GADGETS renamed Tiles made dull, OVERSIZED, with ugly colors and pushed down your throat ! ! Not only it looks awful with those one color Tiles but Windows 8 is SO RESTRICTIVE.. IT’S LIKE A BRICK ! ! ! ! I dare you to read about at least 30 IRRITATING annoyances built into Windows 8: http://tinyurl.com/9dohn5z The solution is simple: Microsoft should give back to Windows 8 Desktop the Aero Glass Theme and the Start Button/Menu .. Remove Metro and install Windows 8 Desktop only in Laptop and Desktop PC's. Give Metro Tiles the Aero Glass Theme but install Metro ONLY in touchscreen tablets ! ! That is: Windows 8 touch edition. Windows 8 Desktop/laptop edition. Stop trying to force a circle into a square hole. From a Windows 7 fanatic. ff
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