Canalys on Tuesday announced the top 5 list of PC and tablet vendors in the second quarter of 2013. Apple is leading the list.
The global PC market posted flat growth. Out of this, tablet shipments rose 42.9 percent. Desktop shipments decreased 7.4 percent. Notebook shipments declined 13.9 percent.
Despite tablet growth slowing in Q2, Canalys still believes that tablets will outsell notebooks by Q4 of this year. ( Lenovo beats HP to regain lead in PC market share in Q2 2013 )
PC shipments in the Asia Pacific region declined 0.5 percent year-on-year to over 40 million units. The region was badly affected by slow shipments in the People’s Republic of China, which accounted for almost 45 percent of the region’s shipments and declined by approximately 6 percent.
Canalys says there has been rapid innovation in the Windows category, as vendors such as HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Acer have built PCs using a variety of new form factors. These products are struggling to take off as the difference in price between Android and Windows-based tablets remains high.
“Component pricing has been an issue, particularly with multi-touch screens, though scale economies make this less of an issue as demand increases. The price of Windows itself is a contributing factor and one that Microsoft must address as a matter of urgency. Its PC OEM partners are in an increasingly difficult position and consolidation in the PC market is inevitable within the next 12 months,” said Tim Coulling, senior analyst at Canalys.