iPad Popularity Causing Decrease In PC Demand

Gartner, one of world’s leading information technology research companies, has conducted research on PC demand in the first quarter of 2011. The report shows a drop of 1.1 per cent in units sold, falling to 84.3 million units, pointing at a lethargic market.

It is interesting to see that the research company puts this decrease down to the rise of the tablet PC, and especially the iPad 2.

“With the launch of the iPad 2 in February, more consumers either switched to buying an alternative device, or simply held back from buying PCs,” an expert from Gartner suggested.

Among the top losers, we find Acer, the computer maker took a painful 12.2 per cent drop in revenue as its market share also fell to 12.9 per cent. Hewlett-Packard saw its leading market share, of 18 per cent, decline to 17.6 per cent.

“Acer continued to face challenges as the mini-notebook market was impacted by media tablets while HP was impacted by weak consumer PC demand and current issues in the Asia/Pacific region,” analyst Mikako Kitagawa affirms.

Where others fail to hold their position, Apple is gaining ground, with an increase in its market share by almost 2 per cent; even if PC sales in the US dropped by 6.1 per cent.

“As with the worldwide market, the US PC market was affected by the hype surrounding media tablets. This was the third consecutive quarter of mobile PC shipment declines in the US,” Kitagawa said.