Final month we printed a preliminary version of the chart above, exhibiting the unit gross sales traits for conventional PCs via the third quarter of the yr. In brief, it’s nonetheless a large market, with greater than 87 million PC shipments worldwide within the newest quarter. However it’s additionally a flat or declining market, experiencing an 8 % drop in unit shipments in contrast with the identical quarter the earlier yr, in response to knowledge from the IDC analysis agency.
This week IDC released its tablet shipment numbers, giving us a clearer sense for what’s happening overall. As you possibly can see our up to date chart above, pill shipments rose practically 50 % within the third quarter, when in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
Tying the 2 traits collectively, right here’s the extra fascinating stat: When it comes to unit gross sales, the pill market is now practically 32 % the dimensions of the normal PC market — the best proportion on file. An increasing number of folks appear to be choosing tablets over equally priced Home windows notebooks.
At the least a part of the hunch within the PC market within the third quarter was because of folks sitting on the sidelines in anticipation of Home windows 8’s launch two weeks in the past. Nonetheless, that dynamic was additionally an element within the pill market, as folks waited for Apple’s iPad mini announcement. You may see the impact within the iPad trendline, however what’s fascinating is that the general pill remains to be rising because of Amazon’s Kindle Hearth and Samsung’s Android-based tablets.
The numbers are from earlier than Home windows 8 and Floor. Did the world change on Oct. 26? I don’t know, however these traits will present a giant a part of the reply within the quarters and years forward.