Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
You have probably been hearing that the PC era is over. Now there is evidence that it really is over. The latest Gartner and IDC “PC” shipments reports show that PC growth declined by 5.9% in Q4 2011 and Apple growth increased 20.7% over the same period.
However, industry watchers say, that the results are far more dire. They point out that Apple’s stellar growth is actually propping up PC sales. They say to realize the true rate of decline, the Apple shipments must be taken out. When thats done, here’s what you get:
Total 4Q11: 15,854,964
Total 4Q10: 17,342,605
4Q11-4Q10 Growth: -8.5
The result is a decline of 8.5%, which is far worst that the originally reported decline of 5.9% for PC growth. That 2.6% delta is not insignificant, it’s over 40% worse than what was reported.