PC Sales Set To Stall After Win 10 Announcement
Retailers that ChannelNews has spoken to believe that the early announcement that Microsoft is set to move to Windows 10 will slow sales.
A Harvey Norman Manager said “Consumers don’t like buying an old PC in this case we are set to get new Intel processors and a new management architecture as well as a new OS, consumers are going to wait. I also suspect that we will see heavy discounting of PC’s early in the New Year as manufacturers run out old stock for new models”.
DigiTimes said that Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and upcoming next-generation iPads, which are expected to be launched in October, are also expected to impact demand for PCs.
The notebook industry enjoyed strong growth in the second quarter, but in the third quarter sales went flat according to several manufacturers. “Sales in September were down and this month is always one of the worst” said Darren Simmons CEO of Acer Australia.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is set to be available in the first half of 2015 with the official release to be early in the second quarter of 2015.
Intel will launch its 14nm Y series Broadwell processors in December and start mass production in February of 2015.
Worldwide, 123.9 million PCs shipped in the second quarter (Q2) of this year, representing year-on-year growth of 14%, according to Canalys Research. But with no sequential growth, the positive effect that tablets have had on overall PC shipments is beginning to wear off.
Apple has continued to lead the market with a 14% market share, though a 10% increase in Mac shipments could not make up for a decline in iPad sales, resulting in the company’s overall shipments declining by 5%.
Lenovo had another impressive quarter, with shipments up almost 20% year on year, boosting its share to just below 14% – some 780,000 units behind Apple.
Rounding off the top four, both HP and Dell posted year-on-year increases in shipments, at 11% and 14% respectively, leading to sequential increases in market share, reports Canalys.
Falling tablet sales
Worldwide tablet shipments fell approximately 5% sequentially to 48.4 million units, as Apple and Samsung suffered shipment declines, according to Canalys. Apple shipped just under 13.3 million iPads in its weakest quarter since Q1 2012.
Samsung shipped just under 8.9 million tablets – a sequential decline, though not quite as sharp as Apple’s. Apple and Samsung continue to account for 46% of global tablet shipments, and as a result many markets hinge on their combined success.