PC analysts Gartner have made their latest report on the state of the PC market. According to them PC shipments declined 10.9% in the second quarter of 2013 but they believe Windows 8 should not be blamed. Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, stated that the decline of the PC industry had started well before Windows 8 actually hit the market.
“While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance” said Kitagawa.
Gartner’s figures mirror a similar trend showed by IDC just a few days ago. In the USA even Apple experienced a decline of 4.3% which was worse than HP, Dell and Lenovo – who all did quite well. Though Toshiba, ASUS and Acer have all been struggling. This would suggest that any declines in shipments and PC sales have little to do with what operating system companies sell, but how dynamic their product design is and how well their consumer-base is coping with the current economic conditions.
If you’re interested in seeing region-specific figures then be sure to check out the full report here.
Image #1 courtesy of Microsoft and Image #2 courtesy of Gartner.