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Analyst: Personal computing units to ship 770M by 2017

Posted: 25 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? tablet? notebook? cloud portable? PC shipment?

According to the most recent report from IC Insights, the total personal computing unit shipments (desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets, and Internet/cloud portables) is expected to grow an average of 10.6 percent from 2012-2017, reaching 770 million systems at the end of the forecast period. Total personal computing systems will increase an estimated 12 percent to 522 million systems worldwide in 2013, compared to 466 million units in 2012, added the market analytics company.

Total personal computing unit shipments

Splitting out the data, combined shipments of desktop and notebook computers (standard PCs) are expected to fall 8.7 percent to an estimated 315 million in 2013, which represents the biggest one-year decline ever for PCs. Previously, the largest annual decline in PC unit shipments was a 4.3 percent drop in the 2001 industry recession. PC-only shipments are expected to increase two percent in 2014 to 322 million units as more consumers and businesses decide they can no longer postpone purchases of new notebooks and desktop computers to replace their existing PCs.

Meanwhile, demand for tablets has sizzled throughout 2013. The latest report shows that unit shipments of tablets will climb 73 percent in 2013 to an estimated 202 million systems worldwide compared to 117 million in 2012. In addition, the small market niche of Internet/cloud-computing laptops—primarily designed for online use and often needing to be connected to websites to be fully functional—is expected to increase 42 percent in 2013 to an estimated 5.1 million systems from 3.6 million in 2012.

From 2012-2017, shipments of standard PCs are expected to fall by a CAGR of 0.3 percent to 340 million in 2017 compared to 345 million in 2012. Tablet shipments are projected to rise by a CAGR of 28.8 percent in the forecast period, reaching 415 million units in 2017 and Internet/cloud-computing laptops are projected to rise by CAGR of 32.1 percent and reach 15 million units in 2017.

The report also shows that China will again capture the largest market share for personal computing systems, accounting for an estimated 18 percent unit market share. The U.S. (17 percent), Europe (15 percent) and Japan (five percent), are other significant markets.

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