We’ve known that PCs have been flagging down in sales for a long time, but what’s also been a growing thought among market analysts is that they are due for a resurgence. Convertibles (or “detachables”) were thought to be the largest engine for it, but now we’re hearing from IDC that it Chromebooks are up on their way, too.
The research firm reported that the market saw 13.6 million shipments in the US PC market in Q1, down 5.8 percent annually. The global market saw a 11.5 percent dip to 60.6 million units. Consumer demand continued to dwindle while enterprise were still putting Windows 10 to the litmus test.
Apple shipped 1.8 million Macs for 13 percent share of the US market — that’s a 5.6 percent rise from last year. IDC representatives at Google I/O also confirmed that Chrome OS device shipments beat ones for Mac OS during the quarter, but most of that growth is relegated to the K-12 education sector. It didn’t give a shipments breakdown by OS.
As the deadline for the free upgrade to Windows 10 comes along, IDC expects a pickup in PC shipments for the second half of 2016.