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PC shipments down again: Gartner

Increased dependence on Smartphones for basic computing has disrupted the PC industry. (Source: T-Mobile)
Increased dependence on Smartphones for basic computing has disrupted the PC industry. (Source: T-Mobile)
Research firm Gartner says that the PC market has declined for the 5th straight year, with 2016 ultimately showing a 6.2 percent year-on-year decline. The PC market is continuing to stagnate while the phone market continues to grow.

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PC shipments have been declining annually since 2012—a trend that looks to continue into 2017, says IT research firm Gartner. The general stagnation of the PC market is the result of the slowed rate of technological advancement (PCs are no longer getting faster at the same as they were 10 years ago) and the replacement of PCs by smartphones for many basic computing tasks.

Gartner notes that the more innovative segments of the PC industry—notably mobile gaming, thin and light notebooks, and 2-in-1s, show vitality. The non-enthusiast, low-end side of the market is what has been declining most, notes Mikako Kitagawa, lead analyst at Gartner.

The news isn't bad for all vendors, however. Of the big-name companies, only Dell showed positive growth, with a 2.6 percent on-year increase. Apple and Acer suffered the most, with -8.7 and -9.9 percent negative growth, respectively. The average market loss for other "white-box" vendors was -18.8 percent, according to Gartner's data. While Lenovo had -2.4 percent on-year growth, they did impress by having the largest market share of any PC vendor (20.7 percent).

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Douglas Black, 2017-01-13 (Update: 2017-01-13)
Douglas Black
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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.