Things aren't looking too good for the PC market this year. According to the latest report from market research firm IHS, fewer PCs will ship in 2012 than in 2011. That will mark the first time PC shipments declined from one year to the next since 2001—which, as IHS aptly points out, is when the dot-com bubble burst.
So, what's the damage going to be? PC shipments totaled 352.8 million units in 2011, but they'll reportedly drop to 348.7 million units in 2012, resulting in a 1.2% year-on-year slump. Just to put things in perspective, Gartner said back in January that shipments rose by a modest 0.5% in 2011.
This is still just a prediction, of course... but there are signs that it will come to pass. IHS analyst Craig Stice explains, "Now three quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel's third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down. Optimism has vanished and turned to doubt."
At least IHS isn't all doom and gloom. The firm expresses tentative optimism about next year, saying a "strong rebound could still occur in 2013" thanks to ultrabooks and Windows 8. That hasn't stopped IHS from lowering its shipment forecast for 2013, however.
|1. Ryszard - $603||2. Hdfisise - $600||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. Redocbew - $350||5. the - $306||6. SomeOtherGeek - $300|
|7. chasp_0 - $251||8. Ryu Connor - $250||9. mbutrovich - $250|
|10. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200|
|EVGA GTX 980 Ti VR Edition puts 5.25" drive bays to use||6|
|Windows 10 gets new Release Preview ring and detailed change logs||8|
|Asus releases a trio of colorful B150 boards for smaller PCs||16|
|Ash Wednesday Shortbread||29|
|Google to phase out Flash display ads in January of next year||14|
|Oculus will discount Oculus Ready PCs as part of a Rift bundle||25|
|Micron reports early successes in GDDR5X production||47|
|AOC U2879VF monitor brings 4K and FreeSync together||65|
|Amazon lets developers build games for free with Lumberyard||10|