iPad Sales Cause PC Slump: 2011 Will Be Worse

Computer sales this year have dropped nearly four percent from the estimated figures for 2010, this information comes from market experts Gartner. The loss in units sold is said to be down to the introduction of tablet devices like Apple’s iPad.

Figures predicted, suggested a 17.9% increase over the same time last year, however new figures sourced by RegHardware say that Gartner have dropped the estimated growth to 14.3%. This has had a knock on effect with the growth scores for 2011, dropping from 18.1% down to 15.9%.

When put into unit terms, a forecasted loss of 11.1m PC’s shipped in this year comes off the expected 363.5m that Gartner originally estimated. But does this drop solely fall at the feet of the tablets? Gartner think so, they have said that the decline in PC sales was; “due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad”.

Obviously the economic downturn has effected peoples choice when deciding whether or not to upgrade their PC’s. Although the fact that the predicted sales figures for iPad this year, do come close to the unit losses in the PC market.

Tell us what your thoughts are regarding PC sales, and how the increase in tablets like Apples iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab effect them.