2008 Is Booming For Personal Computers
IDC now expects shipments to rise 15.2 percent over last year, compared with a 2008 forecast of 12.8 percent growth that the Framingham, Mass.-based firm made in March.
Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner, which uses different methods than IDC to track shipments, now forecasts a 12.5 percent increase from the 264 million units it counted last year, up from its 10.9 percent projection three months ago.
Notebooks are beginning to displace desktops as the weapon of choice for many, including some very low-cost units, so the big unit increases are offset by cheaper per-unit prices. It still will add up to 9.6 percent revenue growth for manufacturers this year, according to research firm IDC. Or perhaps the entire bump in revenue growth is from Apple selling one MacBook Air.