iPad prompts Gartner to trim PC shipment forecast

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PC shipments around the world should rise this year and next, according to the latest estimates from Gartner. But the forecast doesn’t look as promising as it did a few months ago, largely due to the impact of the iPad and other tablets.

For 2010, computer shipments are expected to hit 352.4 million units, a 14.3 percent rise from 2009. But that estimate is down from Gartner’s prior forecast in September in which it was eyeing growth of 17.9 percent for the year…

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