After a steady decline in the past few years, PC shipments rose for the first time by 5% this year as compared to the previous year. However, tablet shipments grew slowly and posted a growth of only 21% this quarter as compared to 65% last quarter.
These numbers come directly from Canalys, a research company who keeps a check on the worldwide PC and tablet shipments and their performance.
In the first quarter of 2014, the worldwide shipments rose for the first time to 123.7 million units and grew 5% year on year. On the other hand, only 50 million tablets were sold in the quarter which means that the growth slowed down to 21% this quarter. However, tablets still account for almost 41% of the market and outsell notebooks by a considerable margin. In comparison, notebooks only accounts for 38% of the market.
Tablet shipments were strong this quarter due to the demand from new regions like Middle East, Greater China etc. In fact, almost all the regions except North America saw positive growth in this quarter. This was mainly due to the fall in the Apple iPad shipments in the region. According to the report, iPad shipments declined by 40% in the region which makes it the biggest fall in years.
Worldwide, iPad shipments were down by 16%, but still the company led the way when it comes to global PC shipments. The overall shipments from Apple have declined over the years, but it’s good enough to make it the top global PC maker.
Also, the decline in the iPad shipments is not something to worry about according to Canalys. The report from the company said, “Apple took action during the quarter to run down its iPad inventory, a smart move as tablet stock in the channel rose due to strong seasonal shipments in the previous quarter. Longer term, we do not believe Apples Q1 performance points to a decline in the tablet category, despite growing pressure from larger-screen smart phones.”
So, the decline in the shipments was not really a permanent strategy by the company and new iPads which are going to release this year along with strong demand for Office for iPad should improve the units shipped in the coming quarters.
The report further notes that Lenovo did well in the quarter and its PC shipments rose from 10% to 12%. The company did well in all PC categories and now leads the way in the notebook segment. Samsung fell to the fourth place in terms of global PC shipments and was replaced by HP.
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