PC Industry Decline Continues for the Second Straight Year
We recently talked about the PC industry decline and how it was impacting the big names in the business such as Intel. On the other hand, things seem to be pretty great for mobile hardware manufacturing companies like Qualcomm, that make their SnapDragon processors that are featured in the smartphones that we use on a daily basis. Gartner has published a report, according to which this is the second straight year of the PC industry decline.
Global shipments of PCs have been reported to have seen a decline of 5.7 percent to 68.9 million units in Q3 2016. What this indicates that the industry has been in decline for the past two years now. Weak back-to-school sales and low demand in emerging markets are two factors that contribute to the PC industry decline but that is not all of the equation.
According to Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner:
“Among these devices, the PC is not a high priority device for the majority of consumers, so they do not feel the need to upgrade their PCs as often as they used to. Some may never decide to upgrade to a PC again,”
This is due to the fact that portable devices along with smartphones are becoming more and more powerful as time passes. People do not feel the need to update their PCs as often as they needed to in the past. If you take gamers into consideration then a decent gaming PC can easily get you through 3-5 years if you are not too picky about the 60 FPS mark.
Here are statistics for 6 PC manufacturers and how they have been doing these past two years. As we can see clearly in the statistics there has been a PC industry decline. It seems that the shift from desktops to mobile devices is a threat to these companies.