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Tablet Shipments To Surpass PC Shipments By 2015, Says IDC

The worldwide smart connected device market, comprised of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, is forecast to grow 27.8% year over year in 2013, slightly lower than the 30.3% growth in 2012, says IDC. The growth will be driven by tablet and smartphone shipments, while the PC outlook has been lowered by 10% in 2013. IDC expects tablet shipments to surpass total PC shipments (desktop plus portable PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). PCs shipments are still expected to be greater than tablet shipments for the full year, but IDC forecasts tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments on an annual basis by the end of 2015. Smartphones will continue to ship in high volumes, surpassing 1.4 billion units in 2015 and accounting for 69% of...

Android, Windows Phone Gaining Traction

Despite beating Wall Street expectations in terms of shipment volumes, Apple's share in the worldwide smartphone operating system market posted a year-over-year decline during the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), according to IDC. Android and Windows Phone both managed slight increases during the same period. According to the IDC worldwide quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 236.4 million smartphones in 2Q13, up 51.3% from the 156.2 million units shipped in 2Q12. Second quarter shipments grew 9.3% when compared to the 216.3 million units shipped in 1Q13. "The iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality of iPhone," says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a...

Tablet Sales Slow In Second Quarter: IDC

Worldwide tablet shipment growth slowed in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), according to preliminary data from the IDC worldwide quarterly tablet tracker. Worldwide tablet shipments finally experienced a sequential decline as total volumes fell -9.7% from 1Q13. However, the 45.1 million units shipped in the second quarter was up 59.6% from the same quarter in 2012, when tablet vendors shipped 28.3 million devices, according to IDC. Lacking a new product launch in March to help spur shipments, Apple's iPad saw a lower-than-predicted shipment total of 14.6 million units for the quarter, down from 19.5 million in 1Q13. In years past, Apple has launched a new tablet heading into the second quarter, which resulted in strong quarter-over-quarter growth. Apple is expected to launch new tablet products...

Samsung Has Nearly A Third Of Smartphone Marketshare, Finds IDC

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6% year over year in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), according to the IDC worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker. Vendors shipped a total of 432.1 million mobile phones in 2Q13 compared to 407.7 million units in the second quarter of 2012. The 2Q13 total was also slightly higher than the 428.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013. The growth in the mobile phone market was partly driven by vendors from outside the top five who experienced torrid shipment growth that outpaced the overall market. Several vendors, including Alcatel and Huawei, had high double- and triple-digit growth rates in the second quarter for their Android-based offerings shipped to high-growth countries such as China and India. In...

May PC Shipments Reflect Slow Second Quarter

The PC market continued to suffer slow shipment growth in top countries across regions in May. According to IDC, April shipment growth had improved slightly from March in Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), but May growth has come in slower than April for each of these markets except India and UK. Loren Loverde (Program vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers, IDC): The expectation for the second quarter was not all that high, showing only minor improvement from the first quarter. But the May results reflect deteriorating conditions rather than improvement and the market will probably fall short of projections. IDC's quarterly PC forecast from May projected worldwide PC shipment declines of -11.7% in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), -4.7% in the third...

Worldwide Tablet Market Surges Ahead

Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year over year in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), according to preliminary data from IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units in 1Q13, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012, with growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller screen devices. Apple outperformed IDC's most recent projections for the quarter, shipping 19.5 million units compared to a forecast of 18.7 million units. The company, which historically has experienced a steep drop off in first quarter shipments (following strong holiday sales in the fourth quarter), saw some smoothing of that seasonality this year. Sustained demand for the iPad mini and increasingly strong commercial shipments led to a better-than expected first quarter for Apple....

PC Shipments Show Biggest Single Quarter Decline Ever

Video killed the radio star. And Windows 8 was perhaps the final nail in the coffin. PC shipments continue to decline, finds IDC, with users not (or not yet, at any rate) willing to shell out the big bucks for Windows 8 PCs. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down 13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of  7.7%, according to IDC. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines. Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments...

More Than 1B Smart Connected Device Shipped In 2012

Worldwide shipments of smart connected devices grew 29.1% year over year in 2012, crossing 1 billion units shipped with a value of $576.9 billion, says IDC. The market expansion was largely driven by 78.4% year-over-year growth in tablet shipments, which surpassed 128 million in 2012. Looking specifically at the results for the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), combined shipments of desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets, and smartphones was nearly 378 million and revenues were more than $168 billion. In terms of market share, Apple significantly closed the gap with market leader Samsung in the quarter, as the combination of Apple's iPhone 5 and iPad Mini brought Apple up to 20.3% unit shipment share versus 21.2% for Samsung. On a revenue basis for the fourth quarter, Apple...

February PC Shipments Reflect Slow First Quarter, Says IDC

Growth has been slow in worldwide PC markets. There has been slower than expected growth in China during the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13). Although the slowdown is partially due to the timing of Chinese New Year; new budget cuts from the government, as well as anti-corruption measures are slowing purchases more than expected. March should recover somewhat in China, but not enough to offset the weak February results, predicts IDC. With China now the top PC market worldwide, accounting for over 21% of global shipments in 2012, the slow February results, and likely impact on March are expected to lower first quarter global PC shipments by roughly 2% from recent forecasts. Other monthly results indicate close-to-forecast market performance in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA),...

PC Market To Decline For Second Consecutive Year, Predicts IDC

Despite intense industry efforts to overcome market inertia, 2012 nonetheless ended on a sour note with global PC shipment volume shrinking 3.7% on the year, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. With limited initial traction from Windows 8 in the holiday season, and continued pressure from tablets, IDC now expects 2013 PC shipments to decline by 1.3% in 2013. Disappointing holiday sales, an underwhelming reception to Windows 8, and continuing economic malaise that further crimped IT budgets marked the face of the market during the second half of 2012; leading to a year-on-year decline of 8.3% in fourth quarter shipments, the most substantial decline recorded for a holiday quarter. Emerging market growth potential is declining, and coming closer to that of mature regions. 2012 marked the...

91.1% Of All Smartphones Shipped Last Quarter Was IOS Or Android

Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined for 91.1% of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during 4Q12, up 70.2% from the 122.0 million units shipped during 4Q11. For calendar year 2012, Android and iOS combined for 87.6% of the 722.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide, up from 68.1% of the 494.5 million units shipped during calendar year 2011. Ramon Llamas (Research manager,  IDC): Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth. Demand for Apple's iPhone 5...

52.5M Tablet Devices Sold In 4Q12

Worldwide tablet shipments outpaced predictions reaching a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. The tablet market grew 75.3% year over year in 4Q12 (up from 29.9 million units in 4Q11) and increased 74.3% from the previous quarter's total of 30.1 million units. Lower average selling prices (ASPs), a wide range of new product offerings, and increased holiday spending all acted as catalysts to push the already climbing tablet market to record levels. New product launches from the category's top vendors, as well as new entrant Microsoft, led to a surge in consumer interest and very robust shipments totals during the holiday season. The record-breaking quarter stands in stark contrast...

482.5M Mobile Phones Shipped In 4Q12

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), as strong holiday smartphone sales raised shipments of these devices to levels nearly equal to those of feature phones. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in 4Q12 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2% on shipments of more than 1.7 billion units. In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 219.4 million units in 4Q12, which represents 45.5% of all mobile phone shipments, the highest percentage ever. The 36.4% year-over-year growth was slightly below IDC's forecast of 39.5% for the quarter. On...

PC Shipments Slow In 4Q12, HP Leads The Pack

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), down 6.4% compared to the same quarter in 2011 and worse than the forecasted decline of 4.4%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The quarter marked the beginning of a new stage in the PC industry with the launch of Windows 8, but its impact did not quickly change recently sluggish PC demand, and the PC market continued to take a back seat to competing devices and sustained economic woes. As a result, the fourth quarter of 2012 marked the first time in more than five years that the PC market has seen a year-on-year decline during the holiday season. The lackluster fourth quarter results were not entirely surprising given the...

Security Appliance Market Grows At A Sluggish Pace

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, both factory revenue and unit shipments in the security appliance market grew in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12) compared to the previous year. Worldwide factory revenue was up 5.7% year over year to just over $2.0 billion, as shipments increased 1.0% to 499,022 units. In the previous quarter, factory revenue growth was 6.6% and unit growth was 5.8% compared to the second quarter of 2011. "Overall, macroeconomic conditions have been questionable at best. While the security market remains more resilient than others, there was a definite slow-down in growth rates in the third quarter," said John Grady, research manager, at IDC. "That being said, the evolving threat landscape continues to drive spending on security products as organizations battle...