China became top PC market in 2012


China unseated the United States last year as the top market for personal computers due to demand in rural areas where people opt for desktop machines, according to market tracker IHS iSuppli.

PC shipments to China tallied 69 million units in 2012 while 66 million were shipped to the U.S., where the booming popularity of tablets and smartphones has eaten into laptop and desktop sales, IHS reported. Unlike other parts of the world where sales of desktop computers have lagged behind those of laptop models, demand in China was evenly split between categories, according to IHS.