Speculations about PCs failing because of booming mobile phones and tablet sales have been around a long time now. CNN Money has a story that suggests that PCs are generally slowing down, but at a very slow pace. Intel, the leader and driver of PCs around the world had their PC sales increase some 22 percent in the last quarter. In comparison, PC sales globally only rose by 3.2 percent in the last quarter. Gartner stated that these numbers are much lower than expected. The reason for the below average results is due to a number of reasons. PC sales in the European and American US are slowing down, but developing countries including India show good sales as demand is still present.
Tablets and mobiles on the other hand, are doing exceedingly well
Other regions showing similar growth rates for the PC market are Latin America. Notebooks seem to be doing rather well. Companies continue to replace older systems with newer hardware. Some companies chose not to upgrade their desktops due to the past recession. Not all is well at Intel though who haven't been very aggressive on the mobile front and the sales of their low-power Atom processors crashed by some 30 percent this year. CNN Money says that the iPad has begun to hamper PC sales. Intel also hopes that their upcoming Ivy Bridge processors will boost sales when they arrive next year. Intel also has ties with Google to build Android tablets that will run on the x86 architecture, the same being used to run Windows 8 tablets.
Published Date: Oct 21, 2011 04:05 pm | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2011 04:05 pm