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Further PC market declines predicted as IDC lowers 2013 estimates

By Scorpus
Aug 30, 2013
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  1. For the third time this year, research firm IDC has lowered their PC shipment predictions for 2013, citing continued growth in the mobile device sector at the expense of traditional PCs. IDC now believes that worldwide PC shipments will fall...

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 362   +49

    Looks like it's time for that killer app that compels people to upgrade or replace their computers. Unfortunately the only apps capable of placing that great a demand on hardware are games and most of those are made for consoles and scaled to PCs later on.

    Perhaps a new version of Descent with real-time lighting, ambient occlusion, and the rest of the alphabet soup of graphics features will do the trick. Oh and it should include support for DirectX 11.2 and require Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM to run well.
     
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,385   +105

    After dual core systems most can be upgraded. Last year 2012 Windows 7 PCs sold more they were cheaper offer RAM upgrades from 4GB to 8GB to 16GB and 32GB really check on desktops and laptops were going for $249 those were with 4GB DDR3 for 4GB DDR3 more $23 bucks upgrade to 8GB DDR3. Same with the HDD SATAIII 320GB could be upgraded to 1TB or SSD with notebook option.

    This year Windows 8 up in the air and prices are no where as low as they were last year. More deals were with coupon stacking at Staples where now it not the same.

    Android tablets from COBY, SKYTEX, VISUAL LAND, Hisense Sero 7 Pro and the other unknowns are so cheap and do so much more than any Nexus/ASUS tablet can do. Android Tablets are fast as they only run Java apps. Today you can use Archos video Player Free this can run SMB/PnP off Windows 7/8 Shares and from NAS like ZXYEL NSA 320/325.
     
  4. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 646   +227

    Scaled to PCs later on? Why do I assume when someone uses the word scale they generally mean in the down direction.

    So desktop computers are no longer considered mainstream...big deal. It still doesn't mean they are going to vanish. They will just be sold to a much smaller consumer market. The PC enjoyed ridiculous growth percentages over the years and that ride is over. So instead of gazillions of billions of dollars in PC sales each year they will simply have to settle for billions of dollars in sales each year.

    That shouldn't be too difficult.

    Tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktops, there's room for everybody at the table. The desktop computer just gets less of a share, thats all.

    Or have I been making too light of this situation and THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END? :)
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    If you look at this sensibly it all makes sense. Powerful desktops for gaming are fast becoming a niche product with consoles endevouring to take their place. Individuals are turning to smartphones & tablets for their personal computing needs. Businesses will use desktops for the foreseeable future but don't have to be upgraded all that often because current desktop hardware is more than good enough, also thanks to Windows 8, businesses don't want to incur added expenses just to upgrade from XP/Win 7 which is unnecessary.
     
  6. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    No need to update.
    Anyone with E2160/Q8400/i3/Athlon II/Phenom II + type CPU power, with WIndows XP or 7 will still run and perform well. Thats not including an SSD or other things you can do.

    Sandy and Ivy and even Haswell (as nice as they are) aren't much better then Bloomfield/Clarkdale for 90% of what your average user does.
     
  7. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 362   +49

    I wouldn't say the PC's ride is over, it's on hiatus at the moment. If anything I'd say that the market for tablets and smartphones is reaching the point of saturation where most people will more than one (too many in fact). That market might stall out someday in the near future when folks want to do more than read and send e-mail and surf the World Wide Web.
     
  8. I'm still using motherboards at home with P67 (revC) and Z68 chipsets as the later ones have no real benefits except minor enhancements integrated USB3 that were already catered for with addon chipsets (same has to be done even for PCI bus slots).

    Really Intel, give us something AMAZING to want to upgrade to, not just Apple's idea of 'it's new so rollover and buy it like a good doggie'.

    Intel seem to spend a lot of time developing fairly useless business protocols in their chipsets, but where is the advanced personal user focus?
     
  9. AHHH GGD , thats like saying people will get bored and go back to beepers as a form of communication, a smartphone does what 90% of us do almost every day , dont bring that 80FPS on ultra B. S , its about check facebook 20 times a day , send email text , news, angry birds , or whatever is the fashion at the moment.
     
  10. Just another "PC is doomed, smartphone is the future" article -_-
     
  11. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Apperarently people play more than work. You can't do real work on anything but a pc. I know a lot of people who just play and don't mind staring at 11" or smaller screens all day. I personally use my smart phone or tablet occasionally when mobile or being lazy but I would much prefer to sit at my 27" powerfully fast computer when giving a choice for most stuff. Everything has its place but some people are content using a slower, small screened device because for what they do its fine to them and they don't do more than play or surf the net. Once the play market is saturated I think pcs will enjoy a non declining market. The growth phase is now over that's all.
     

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