The chart above feels just like the calm earlier than the storm, that storm being the vacation procuring season.
For some time now we’ve been tracking the worldwide shipments of tablets vs. these of ‘conventional’ pocket book and desktop computer systems, usually updating this chart to offer a snapshot of what some folks name the “Submit-PC Period.”
Within the second quarter, in response to the most recent numbers from IDC, the pill market skilled its first sequential decline (from the primary quarter to the second quarter) dropping to 45.1 million units. Nevertheless, in comparison with the identical quarter a yr in the past, the pill market was up 59 p.c, from 28.3 million items at that time.
In the meantime, the PC market skilled an 11.4 percent year-over-year decline, to 75.6 million items.
Backside line: Unit shipments of tablets equaled 60 p.c of PC shipments for the second quarter, down from 64 p.c in the primary quarter.
Nevertheless, one large distinction this yr is that Apple didn’t launch a brand new iPad in the primary half of this yr. Assuming one comes out later this yr, together with tablets from Amazon and others, these traits traces will probably be fascinating to observe over the subsequent few quarters.