Windows 8 fails to kickstart PC sales in Q4 2012
Preliminary PC shipment data produced by Gartner shows that Apple has held on to the number three position in the US market in the fourth quarter of 2012. Although PC shipments declined in the US by 2.1 percent year over year dropping to 17.5 million units, Apple managed to boost its sales by 5.4 percent over its 2011 fourth quarter results. HP retained its number one position in the US, boosting its sales by 12.6 percent, while Dell retained second position but went backwards with 16.5 percent fewer sales for the quarter.
Apple increases US-based shipments year-on-year
Shipments of personal computers have continued to decline, according to market analyst firm Gartner. Sales have declined in the fourth quarter in 2012 by 4.9-percent compared to the same period in 2011, with a combination of the weak global economy and the availability of cheap and accessible tablets reportedly to blame.
New research shows pent up iPhone demand affected total sales
New research by by Gartner indicates that the global smartphone market contracted by 2.3 percent last quarter against the same period last year. Gartner attributed the fall in sales to the highly anticipated launch of the first all-new iPhone design in two years. Also a factor, is the "challenging global environment" which is also expected to effect Apple's third quarter sales ahead of the new iPhone shipping.
Economy, imminent Windows 8 release, tablet market cited
Mirroring global trends, PC market analyst firm Gartner reports that PC shipments in western Europe declined 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2012 over the same period in 2011. Mobile PC shipments grew four percent, while desktop workstation shipments declined 12.8 percent. The professional PC market declined 5.3 percent, with 0.4 percent growth in the consumer PC market.
US PC sales drop 5-10 percent, worldwide down 0.1 percent
According to preliminary results from analysts at Gartner and IDC, worldwide PC shipments contracted by 0.1 percent, with the US driving the decrease. The latest report marks the seventh consecutive quarter of no or limited overall growth. HP tops the charts worldwide, but with a significant loss of marketshare from a year ago. Lenovo has scavenged from HP's loss, claiming the second-place spot in both the IDC and Gartner polls. Apple holds third place in the US, but did not rank in the top five worldwide. The charts include all desktop and laptop sales, but do not include enterprise servers or tablet-based computers.
IDC and Gartner give early Q1 2012 estimates
Both Gartner and IDC provided early estimates of winter 2012 market share that showed Apple making big strides in the US. The two gave the Mac a tentative share of 10 or 10.6 percent, in either case enough to put it in third place. Both saw rapidly falling Acer and Toshiba below Apple in share.
Gartner sees iPad still leading in four years
Apple will stay out in front of the tablet market for at least the next four years, Gartner predicted in a long-term estimate on Tuesday. The analyst group saw sales for the entire tablet market for 2012 nearly doubling, up 98 percent to 118.9 million, with Apple still in the clear majority at 73 million. While the gap would close, Apple would keep the largest piece of the market even until 2016.
Samsung has 24pc of China sartphones
Gartner on Sunday revealed the extent to which Apple's share of China's smartphones trailed others. Although Apple leads worldwide, it sat at 7.5 percent, or fifth place, in China's sphere. Samsung, in the lead at 24.3 percent, had over three times as much share.
iPhone dips in Chinese share pre-4S launch
Region-specific Gartner data has shown that Apple was losing Chinese smartphone market share in the last few months before the local release of the iPhone 4S. Its portion dropped from 10.4 percent in the summer to 7.5 percent in the fall. The company mostly lost its fourth place position to local designer ZTE's 11 percent.
Gartner: iPhone demand to stay strong, but taper
Research analytics firm Gartner has released its Q4 report, which shows that Apple took a 24 percent share of the global smartphone market -- the largest share of any single smartphone maker. This was aided by pent-up demand following the extended 15-month period where the iPhone 4 was on sale resulting in Apple achieving a a 121.4 percent of year-over-year increase in iPhone sales over the October to December period. While Apple reported that it shipped 37 million iPhones during the last quarter, Gartner estimates that 35.5 million of these ended up in users' hands helping to push Apple past LG as the world’s third largest mobile phone maker.
Garnter paints bleak picture for Windows in Europe
New Gartner data breaking down European computer market share has shown poor results for almost every computer builder outside of Apple. Continent-wide, both market leader HP as well as Acer, Dell, and Toshiba were all dropping market share. Only ASUS (up 1.5 points) increased share based solely on its own merits among the top five; Lenovo's gain was inflated by its acquiring Medion last June.
Gartner sees Apple, ASUS taking over European PCs
Apple and ASUS are cutting deeply into the European computer market, Gartner found on Monday. Apple was now in the top five in Western Europe, having seen its shipments this past summer jump 19.6 percent over the past year to get it 7.6 percent. ASUS was the only other company in the top five to gain share and grew roughly as quickly, with a 20.3 percent jump putting it above Dell at 10.6 percent of the computer space.
IDC Q3 2011 gives Apple 11.3pc share, Acer out
IDC early estimates showed a major shakeup underway in the US PC market headed by Apple. While not as aggressive as Gartner, it saw Apple being the only top computer maker outside of HP to gain share, growing nearly a point to hit 11.3 percent this summer. Toshiba was also reversing its years of gains and was down to exactly eight percent, giving Apple a comfortable third place.
Gartner Q3 2011 shows Mac still on rapid rise
The Mac is now solidly in third place in US market share, Gartner's summer estimates showed. At a predicted 2.3 million Macs, Apple will have shot from 10.8 percent a year ago to 12.9 percent. Once-growing Toshiba has now started shrinking and fell slightly to 8.4 percent for fourth place, while Acer's vulnerability to the iPad left it falling by a quarter to fifth place at 7.8 percent.
Apple uses relative growth vs Microsoft
Apple during its Let's Talk iPhone event claimed to have outpaced Microsoft in terms of practical OS adoption. In contextualizing six million downloads of Mac OS X Lion, CEO Tim Cook claimed that the Mac's relative adoption rate was much faster, taking two weeks to reach 10 percent of the user base where Microsoft took 20. Downloads helped lead to the faster growth, he said.
Gartner sees no Android, W8 threat to iPad soon
Gartner refreshed its estimates for tablet share in a view that further cemented Apple's lead. It now saw the iPad taking more share in 2011 than predicted just five months ago, up five points to 73.4 percent, or 46.7 million iPads. The analyst group lowered its expectations for Android at the same time and saw it getting just 17.3 percent, or 11 million tablets.
Gartner cautious on PC growth in 2011 and 2012
Gartner lowered its predictions for growth in the PC industry for 2011 to 3.8 percent on Thursday. The cut was a steep drop from a predicted 9.3 percent and blamed partly on tough economies in Europe and the US, leading customers to hold back. Research lead Ranjit Atwal saw the larger issue as a transition away from conventional PCs, however, and gave particular concern for Microsoft as its core business was losing luster across much of the public.
Microsoft exec thinks WP7 will get much more share
Predictions by analysts that Windows Phone would crest 20 percent by 2015 are not only realistic but cautious, Windows Phone marketing lead Achim Berg said in an interview late Thursday. He expected to go beyond that as a combination of new hardware partners and greater publicity garnered attention. While not giving an estimate to Bloomberg, his figure would put Windows Phone beyond the iPhone.
Microsoft maintains PC not middle-aged yet
Microsoft's Corporate Communications VP Frank Shaw maintained his defense of Windows again with a response to the upheaval of the past few weeks. Trying once more to downplay "post-PC" talk, he argued that PCs not only had some core features that only they could do but that devices like the iPad were losing the advantage. Tablets were just "companions," and computers were "rapidly and dramatically" improving on what these and other mobile devices were doing, Shaw said.
Mac grows in Europe in Q2 2011 while Windows falls
Apple was the only major computer manufacturer in Western Europe to keep growing this past spring, Gartner uncovered in a continent-wide breakdown on Wednesday. Apple only grew shipments by half a percent to hit seven percent of the market, but all Windows-based PC makers dropped in the same period. HP and Dell gained share but still saw their shipments drop by 6.1 percent and 12.7 percent each, while Acer faced a disastrous 44.6 percent after its 'abnormalities' in overstock forced it to ship 44.6 percent fewer PCs and drop to second place at 16.7 percent.
Most PC makers show a decline in sales
Apple has continued to achieve strong sales in the US, as one of only two companies to show positive growth from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of this year, according to data collected by research firm Gartner. Mac sales in the US market were up by 8.5 percent, outpacing Apple's closest competitor, Toshiba, which showed gains of just 3.3 percent.
Gartner sees PC slowing in 2011 due to tablets
PC sales won't grow as much as expected for 2011 in the wake of tablets like the iPad, Gartner said on Wednesday. Originally expecting the field to grow by 10.5 percent, it lowered the mark to 9.3 percent and a total of 385 million computers. The analyst group blamed it chiefly on the collapse of netbooks following the iPad's release. Tablets like Apple's weren't necessarily replacing all notebooks, but they often led people to stall getting a new portable PC.
Android up to 36pc as Symbian, Windows collapse
A breakdown of phone share in early 2011 by Gartner has given Android another large leap in share while providing a rare direct estimate of Microsoft's actual Windows Phone sales. About 36.27 million Android devices shipped in the first quarter of 2011 and hit 36 percent, more than triple its share at the start of 2010. Microsoft meanwhile collapsed from 6.8 percent share a year ago to 3.6 percent as Windows Phone did little to offset a slight dip in phones to 3.66 million, just 1.6 million of which were modern Windows Phone devices.
Small, efficient footprint help them go mainstream
Gartner, an industry market research firm covering the computer and IT market, predicts that prices for SSD (Solid State Drive) storage drives will drop below $1 per gigabyte in the second half of 2012. That's about 1/2 of current prices. SSDs, which use NAND flash technology are smaller, more power efficient and faster than conventional hard drives, but their high price and smaller capacities have limited their attractiveness to the consumer market. A traditional hard drive has capacity of up to 3TB, for which prices can be as low as 5-cents per gigabyte.
Intel Q1 2011 sees PC staying healthy
Intel posted record results on Tuesday that also cast doubt on claims of tablets hurting the market. Its revenue was up 25 percent to $12.8 billion and its net profit up by 29 percent to $3.3 billion. Most of that growth came from its datacenter chip team, whose revenue was up 32 percent, but it still saw its core PC chip group's revenue up by 17 percent as the second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) take off.
NPD says Mac sales up 47pc while PCs on way down
New NPD data in a research note later on Monday from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster suggested that the new MacBook Pro may have pushed Apple well ahead in growth in the computer market. March sales in the US were estimated to be up 47 percent compared to a year earlier following the much faster line's introduction in late February. The growth came after more modest but still healthy 20 percent and 12 percent year-to-year increases in January and February.
Gartner Q1 2011 has Apple 5th, Acer hurt by iPad
Gartner on Wednesday published a preliminary estimate for winter in sharp contrast to IDC's results that nonetheless shared a view that the iPad was shrinking PC sales, especially those of Acer. It saw Acer still holding on to third place in the US, but the system designer's share dropped 24.9 percent from year-to-year to put it at 11.3 percent of the US. Apple was at fifth place with 9.3 percent, but its market share grew a rapid 18.9 percent and made it the fastest-growing of the group.
Gartner sees iPad over Android until 2015
A fresh long-term protection from Gartner has given Apple the lead in the tablet market for at least the next four years. In spite of the Xoom and other Android 3.0 tablets, the iPad is still expected to dominate 2011 with 68.7 percent share and to only gradually decrease. It would have 63.5 percent of the tablet arena in 2012 and would still have the largest share in 2015 at 47.1 percent.
Gartner says iPad, tablets helping save IT costs
Gartner in a study credited tablets, primarily the iPad, to saving tech spending in 2011. Apple and the others following it into the field would help boost IT spending this year by 5.6 percent, to $3.6 trillion. Without them, spending would have gone slightly down, research VP Richard Gordon said.
Gartner drops PC estimates after iPad 2 event
Analysts at Gartner lowered their expectations for PCs on Thursday in the immediate aftermath of the iPad 2. The group now expects PC shipments to hit 440.6 million in 2012, still a 13.6 percent bump from what's expected this year but down from the previously predicted 14.8 percent. Tablets like the iPad and Xoom are now more likely to "dramatically slow" notebooks and would not only prevent buying secondary notebooks but lead some to skip getting a notebook altogether, research lead George Shiffler said.
DisplaySearch says Apple now top in PCs with iPad
Apple may have wrested the top spot from HP in portable computing if its surging iPad sales are factored in, DisplaySearch said in an estimate. The combination of the tablet and Macs saw Apple ship 10.2 million portables of some kind in the fall to claim 17.2 percent of the market. HP's clinging to traditional Windows notebooks PCs would have dropped it to second place at 9.3 million, or 15.6 percent.
Holiday PC sales weak in many areas
Apple's market share among computer makers in the US has continued to surge, despite an overall decline in PC sales, according to data collected by research firm Gartner. Mac shipments climbed by 23.7 percent to reach 1.86 million units, bringing Apple's market share up to 9.7 percent in the US.
DisplaySearch says Apple no 3 in portables w iPad
Merging the iPad with Apple's notebook shipment numbers would make it the third-largest portable computer maker in the world, DisplaySearch said in a new study. Adding the 4.2 million tablets would give Apple 6.3 million shipments, it said, pushing it above Dell (6.1 million) and Toshiba (4.3 million). The result was actually low as it was based on preliminary figures; Apple's official results saw it ship over 2.6 million MacBooks and nearly 4.2 million iPads, or 6.8 million portables in total.
Samsung claims US Android lead with 32pc share
Samsung today said it had taken the top spot in the US among Android manufacturers. The company was responsible for 32.1 percent of all Android phones sold in the US this summer, according to Gartner. The success was almost exclusively attributed to Galaxy S phones, which had reached three of four major carriers at the time.
Gartner lowers 2010 PC estimates due to iPad
The iPad's influence on the market has led to a direct drop in the estimated sales for this year and next, Gartner said today. It lowered its estimates for PC shipments in 2010 down to 352.4 million as a direct result of tablets; the number was still up 14.3 percent from last year but down from a 17.9 percent jump estimated as recently as September. Analysts also dropped their guesses for 2011 from 18.1 percent growth to 15.9 percent for similar reasons.
Gartner Q3 2010 phone share has Android near Nokia
Symbian has lost more than a sixth of its smartphone market share in just the past year, Gartner found today. The platform, used almost exclusively by Nokia, fell from 44.6 percent last summer to 36.6 percent a year later. RIM's BlackBerry platform, despite its record high sales, also plunged sharply as it fell from 20.7 percent a year ago to 14.8 percent this summer.
Gartner says iPad to push tablets to 54.8m in 2011
The iPad will be the primary factor in both high tablet sales this year and three times as many sales next year, Gartner said in a new estimate today. Continuing very strong sales of Apple's tablet would push overall tablet sales to 19.5 million for all of 2010 and 54.8 million in 2011. By 2014, the category could be larger than netbooks with over 208 million units sold.
DisplaySearch sees iPad helping Apple pass Lenovo
The iPad could be Apple's key to outselling much of the portable computing market, DisplaySearch said in its latest report. Opting to include the iPad the same category as notebooks, the group expects Apple to ship nine million tablets in the second half of the year and to immediately vault over ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba to become the fourth-largest portable computer seller in the world. Going Mac-only has previously kept Apple stuck between sixth and eighth place.
Gartner sees Apple tied with Acer at 10.4pc share
Gartner tonight followed up on IDC results by supporting views that Apple has closed on Acer in the US computer market. Apple in its view jumped to 10.4 percent share with 1.83 million Macs; the figure put it less than 17,000 computers away from Acer, whose share plummeted to 10.5 percent. The analyst group wasn't as optimistic about Apple's performance as it only would have shipped 13.7 percent more computers, although this was well over the 2.2 percent average.
Hype and weight of expectation versus ownership
Market research specialist Gartner has issued its 2010 ‘Hype Cycle’ report, which tracks consumer reaction and purchasing responses to emerging technologies for each year. According to the report, consumers have reached the peak of inflated expectations for tablet devices like the iPad and 3D TV, which is then followed by a trough as expectations may not necessarily live up to promise offered by the new technology, usually because it is yet to fully mature.
LG Elec CEO quits to take blame for phone share
LG Electronics CEO Nam Yong resigned today to take responsibility for poor phone sales. The executive will leave as of October 1 and will be replaced by early company veteran and LG International head Koo Bon-joon. Replacements normally wait until the end of the year, but the company wanted to give Bon-joon time to prepare for the next year, LG said.
Gartner sees users dropping netbooks in droves
Netbook market share is likely to keep falling over the next few years due in part to tablets, Gartner found today. It noted that the tiny portables not only lost market share in the first two quarters of 2010 but predicted that the category was on a long slide that would drop it to just 10 percent by the end of 2014. Analyst Raphael Vasquez explained that many were simply buying them as cheap notebooks and no longer have interest now that a full-size notebook doesn't cost much more.
Apple now holds 9.1% market share in US
Second-quarter Mac sales in the US are said to have increased by 24 percent to reach 1.7 million units, outpacing the industry average, according to a report published by Gartner Research. The analysis places Apple's domestic market share at 9.8 percent, even higher than IDC's estimate of 8.8 percent.
Analyst warns Symbian to lose share in new study
Symbian's steady decline in phone market share is about to get worse, Gartner analyst Nick Jones warned in an update this weekend. New estimates due at the end of July should show the trend "accelerating" and that Symbian now has a finite lifespan at the top of the phone arena. He expected that the OS would still lead for another few years but would be overtaken by Apple's iPhone and especially Google's Android platform.
Apple iBook claim omits Random House, others
Apple's claim that it garnered 22 percent of e-book sales in the US isn't truly accurate, analysts warned this afternoon. The figure is only among the five major publishers that have agreed to sell through the iBookstore and doesn't count Random House, which sells through Amazon but doesn't yet support Apple. Independent publishers also aren't factored into the data.
Gartner says netbooks still helping notebook spike
Notebook shipments surged a massive 43 percent in the first three months of 2010, Gartner found today. About 49.4 million portables shipped and were lead by HP, which pushed almost 9.5 million notebooks and held 19.2 percent of the market. Acer and ASUS profited from their experiences in netbooks and were the fastest growers at 48.4 percent year-over-year (to 9.1 million) and 113 percent (to 4.3 million) respectively.
Taiwanese firms squeeze out Apple, others
Acer and ASUS have together snapped up large portions of the western European computer market in the first part of the year, Gartner found in a breakdown of PC sales. Acer managed to hold the top spot in the continent in the first quarter of 2010 with 23.4 percent. Its frequent Taiwanese rival ASUS successfully pushed itself into fourth place through a major spike in market share from just 4.8 percent a year earlier to 7.9 percent today.
Gartner sees Android passing iPhone worldwide soon
Android phone sales have overtaken the iPhone in the North American market for the first time, Gartner found today. Thanks to a 906 percent surge in shipments worldwide to 5.21 million phones, Google's mobile OS outpaced Apple's in North America and the US in particular. The analysts didn't readily provide numbers, but it suggests that the majority of Android phones were sold in the US as Apple sold 2.7 million US iPhones.
Dell, HP market share slides
Apple has continued to show strong sales, with computer shipments up 34 percent for the first quarter of the year, according to report from Gartner Research. The company gained market share to reach 8 percent in the US, as the current leaders HP and Dell showed only modest increases in unit distribution and market share declines down to 25 percent and 23.4 percent, respectively.
Gartner also sees PC shipments up 20pc this year
Portable computers like notebooks and tablets should make up 70 percent of computers in just two years, Gartner predicted today. The category was already more than 55 percent of the market last year but should keep growing through 2012 based on ultraportables and tablets like the iPad. Apple's device, along with other tablets and conventional tablet PCs, should help push the number of tablets on the market to to 10.5 million just this year.