As Apple’s iPad 2 shines, PC sales plummet

smash-computer-pc-sales

A new report from research firm IDC shows that worldwide PC sales are down 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011. This marks the first drop in sales since the world economy tanked in 2008. In the US, the numbers were even more depressing for PC manufacturers, with sales falling a full 10 percent — a reversal from 2010, which saw “strong gains” for most of the year, says IDC.

IDC explains that the drop in sales is due to a wide variety of factors, from a cash-strapped populace and the still-slow world economy to the tumultuous events in the Middle East and Japan.

Out of the world’s top five PC manufacturers, only Lenovo and Toshiba saw positive growth. HP fell 2.8 percent; Dell dropped 1.8 percent; and Acer sank 15.8 percent. Lenovo far outperformed the market, however, with a whopping 16.3 percent increase in sales.

In the US, the shifts are even more drastic. Despite its worldwide gains, Lenovo doesn’t even make the cut. And while Acer sales fell markedly overall, its sales numbers in the US market took a 42.1 percent nosedive — the largest shift, in either direction, of any PC manufacturer, by far.

PC-sales-IDC-Q1-2011

Apple, on the other hand, enjoyed a 9.6 percent increase in sales, due to a strong showing with its Mac PCs. That number does not include iPad 2 sales, but IDC says increasing popularity of Apple’s iPad line has played a role in the decline of the PC market.

“‘Good-enough computing’ has become a firm reality, exemplified first by Mini Notebooks and now Media Tablets,” says Jay Chou, an IDC senior analyst. “Macroeconomic forces can explain some of the ebb and flow of the PC business, but the real question PC vendors have to think hard about is how to enable a compelling user experience that can justify spending on the added horsepower.”

In other words, PC makers can no longer simply tout fast processors and piles of RAM to convince consumers to purchase their products anymore — they have to adopt Apple’s appreciation for good design and easy, pleasurable usability, if they want to remain competitive. Which, of course, they do.

“I’m not saying iPad and media tablets are going to eat PCs for lunch. This is what many people feared about Netbooks earlier,” Chou tells CNet. “But we are seeing that hardware alone is not enough. Hardware vendors have to start thinking about software.”

Product Review

The new iPad Mini isn’t a beauty, but it performs like a beast

Apple’s new iPad Mini has beastly performance, fluid iOS 12 software, and good battery life. It also looks like it came straight out of 2015, because the design hasn’t been changed. Here's our review of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet.
Mobile

Here are the best iPad Pro keyboard cases to pick up with your new tablet

The iPad Pro range can double as laptops, but they do need proper keyboards to fill in effectively. Thankfully, there are loads to choose from and we rounded up the best iPad Pro keyboard cases right here.
Deals

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for March 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Product Review

Acer Predator Triton 500 review

Nvidia’s new RTX 2080 Max-Q is the fastest GPU you’ll find in any laptop, but it usually comes at a steep price. Acer’s Predator Triton 500, starting at $2,500, makes it a little more affordable. But what must you sacrifice in the…
Mobile

5G's arrival is transforming tech. Here's everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

This is the easiest way to save your iPhone data to your computer

Living in fear of losing your contacts, photos, messages, and notes on your iPhone? Fear no more -- in this guide, we'll break down exactly how to back up your iPhone to your computer using Apple's iTunes or to the cloud with iCloud.
Movies & TV

Here are all the TV shows and movies we expect to see at Apple’s March 25 event

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing in recent years, so will the March 25 event finally reveal when — and where — we will be able to see some of these TV shows and movies?
Mobile

Wring the most out of iOS with the best commands for Siri

You may not know all the things you can say to Siri -- after all, Apple never released an official list of commands for its virtual assistant. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of the best Siri commands to help you out.
Computing

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.
Mobile

Flex your thumbs (and your brain) with these fun texting games

Gaming consoles keep getting more advanced, but you can still have fun with the good old Latin alphabet. Here are our picks for the best texting games, so you can make the most fun out of that limited data plan or basic cell phone.
Computing

The new iMacs push on iMac Pro territory, but how much power do you really need?

With Apple refreshing the higher-end iMacs with newer processors and graphics cards, it moves closer to the iMac Pro. In this guide, we consider the performance, features, and help make sense of the differences between the two.
News

Apple’s Beats to reportedly release truly wireless PowerBeats earphones in April

Beats will reportedly release a truly wireless PowerBeats earphones next month, following the announcement of Apple's new AirPods. The second-generation AirPods received the new H1 chip, which is also expected to power the new PowerBeats.
Computing

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.
Mobile

Here’s how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or an iPad

Find out how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or any other iOS device with this easy step-by-step guide. We'll show you where you can review your subscriptions and precisely how to cancel them.