Overall end-user sales are projected to reach 2.4 billion in 2016, but this is only a 1.9 percent increase since 2015. Gartner also reports a general decline in overall spending on devices for the first time since 2010.
In addition to overall device shipments slowing, 2015 PC shipments were at an all time low since 2008. These numbers can be attributed to the overall rising popularity of using smartphones and tablets as primary computing devices, instead of a laptop or desktop device.
Gartner anticipates the PC market seeing negative one percent growth in 2016, but four percent by 2017. This growth is anticipated as the result of more lightweight, compact PC devices being released in the next few years. Mobile phones are estimated to see shipment growth of 2.6 percent this year, with 82 percent of mobile shipments being smartphones.