Simon Sharwood pulls together some shipment numbers to put VR headset shipments in context.
The tl;dr on annual shipments: 9.2m VR headsets, vs. 135.6m wearbles, vs. ~1.5bn smartphones.
VR headsets have a runrate of, like, 9.2m units:
Virtual reality headsets are moving at a rate of 2.3 million a quarter
But, fast growing:
IDC says shipments are up 77.4 per cent year over year.
Meanwhile, wearables are at something like “33.9 million shipments a month,” like a runrate of 135.6m units.
Meanwhile, taking from this year’s Internet Trends report (sourced from Morgan Stanley), smart phone shipments are under 1.5bn, though slowing in growth:
And then smartphone shipments from IDC (probably where Morgan got those numbers):
For the full year [of 2016], the worldwide smartphone market saw a total of 1.47 billion units shipped, marking the highest year of shipments on record, yet up only 2.3% from the 1.44 billion units shipped in 2015.
Source: Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices
That chart is in millions, i.e., 260m in 2016; the write-up on Quartz is a little wonky in that respect.
From IDC: “Annually, shipments of traditional PCs slipped to 260 million units, down 5.7% from 2015.”
Source: Worldwide PC sales are exactly where they were in 2008 — Quartz
For the year, Gartner estimated shipments at 269.717 million, down 6.2 per cent year-on-year, with each of the major manufacturers except Dell reporting falling sales.
Gartner says high-end PCs are doing well, but of course, are a smaller market:
There have been innovative form factors, like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This high end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.
There may less volume, but it’d be nice to know how that effects profits in the notoriously slim margin PC business.
Meanwhile, on overall, global IT spend:
Companies are due to splash $3.5tr (£2.87tr) on IT this year, globally, although that is down from its previous projection of three per cent.
See some more commentary of that forecast.
So, a runrate of like 92m a year.
From TPM’s coverage of 1Q2015 server revenue; for all types of servers, not just x86.
More device shipment chartage from The Economist/Gartner today [previewing the Windows 10 release](From The Economist Espresso: Restart: Microsoft’s new operating system
http://econ.st/15sQxZz). I love their new, daily Espresso app.
I’m guessing from the article it’s from Gartner…or maybe this ABI Research reference:
Google’s Chromebooks – manufactured by Samsung, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Acer – topped 2.1 million unit sales in 2013 and are expected to climb to 11 million annually by 2019.
This surge matches the interest we saw in a joint study with Spiceworks. While the overall shipments are low relative to the behemoths of iOS/Android and Windows, there’s growth in Chromebook land.
Random Chromebooks shipments estimate