This IDC update provides insights from IDC's latest analysis of PC market trends. Continued economic malaise has dampened broad consumer confidence, as consumers increasingly recognize that they can do more things on their mobile devices than ever before. As a result, consumers are spending less time on their personal primary PCs. Commercial organizations are extending their PC refresh cycles. As such, PC demand continues unabated on its current course of postponement.
In the opening quarter of 2013, 76.7 million PCs shipped globally, marking a 7.6% sequential reduction and a 13.3% YoY market contraction. This led us to forecast 7.8% and 1.2% YoY market contractions in the coming two years. The PC industry will likely stabilize over the long term as the global economy gradually recovers and as the role of the PC in this era of connected computing becomes more fully developed. Technological improvements to next-generation PCs will also drive the return of a relatively healthy PC industry.
Many of the next-generation innovations were demonstrated at Computex 2013, and IDC was on hand for the exposition. Subsequent sections analyze some of the key developments of this year's show and utilize the previous and forthcoming survey data to explicate current market conditions. The highlights of this update are:
IDC forecasts global PC market contractions of 7.8% and 1.2% for 2013 and 2014, respectively, with the latter marking a third consecutive year of shipment declines.
Findings from IDC's 2013 Consumer PC Survey (forthcoming) show that 13.3% of respondents used their primary PCs less than one hour per day versus just 5.6% in 2011. Conversely, 17.7% of respondents in 2013 said they used their primary PCs for more than five hours per day versus 24.5% in 2011.