Gartner: Apple iPad, Budget Cuts Hurting PC Sales

The media tablet market, which was reinvigorated by Apple when it launched

the iPad earlier this year, and a handful of other factors are hampering

worldwide PC sales, research firm Gartner announced in a Nov. 29 report.

Shipments are now expected to reach 352.4 million units in 2010 — a 14.3 percent

increase over 2009 figures, but down from Gartner’s original expectation of

17.9 percent growth.


firm also dialed back estimates for 2011. While previously it anticipated 18.1

percent growth, it has now put that figure at 15.9 percent, or a total of 409

million units.


results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on

expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user

interest in media tablets such as the iPad,” Ranjit Atwal, a Gartner

research director, said in a statement. “Over the longer term, media

tablets are expected to displace around 10 percent of PC units by 2014.”


addition to tablets, the firm sees next-generation smartphones and other devices

that “enable better on-the-go content consumption” as negatively

impacting the growth of the PC market.

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple iPad, Tight Budgets Hurting PC Sales, Gartner Says.

CIO Insight Staff
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