The PC market falls further during Q2
As the earnings reports for the second quarter have been releasing lately, a lot of interesting data from the mobile computing markets have been revealed. IDC, a global market intelligence firm, has consolidated the information from laptop manufacturers, and has noted that the PC market as a whole has slipped by more than 10% overall. The firm does not include tablets, servers, or handhelds in their analysis. Also, note that the units are what have been shipped, not necessarily what have been sold.
The PC market in Q2 declined by 11.8% overall. Lenovo, with a reigning 20.3% market share, did not increase shipments at all but instead shrank by 7.5% in terms of shipped units. All other Windows PC manufacturers like HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, and others fell in number of units shipped anywhere from 7% to about 27%. The only PC manufacturer to see growth in Q2 is Apple, increasing its shipped units by 16%. However, this may be because of Apple's recent MacBook release and Macbook Pro 13" and Pro 15" refresh.
A possible reason for the drop in PC sales is the upcoming Windows 10 release from Microsoft. Some consumers and companies might be holding off until the new OS is available on July 29th. The newest operating system is aiming to fix a lot of the blunders from Windows 8.1, and these changes could be enough to sell a lot of new personal computers in Q3.