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Tom Mainelli

Program Vice President, Devices & AR/VR

Tom Mainelli manages IDC's Devices group, which covers a broad range of hardware categories including PCs, tablets, smartphones, wearables, AR/VR, thin clients, and displays. In his role as program vice president, he works closely with company representatives, industry contacts, and other IDC analysts to provide in-depth insight and analysis on the always-evolving market of endpoint devices and their related services. In addition to overseeing the collection of historical shipment data and the forecasting of shipment trends in cooperation with IDC's Tracker organization, he also heads up numerous primary research initiatives at IDC including frequent consumer- and commercial-focused surveys. A frequent public speaker, he travels often and enjoys the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients all over the world.


Mr. Mainelli has covered technology since 1995. Before joining IDC in 2006, he reported on the technology industry as a journalist, first as a writer and editor for Smart Computing magazine, and later at PC World where he served as a senior editor. At PC World, he worked first in the news department, covering breaking news; later he transitioned to a management role in the reviews department, where he worked closely with the PC World Test Center to create a rating system for new product reviews.


  • Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • A frequent speaker, presenter, and moderator at industry conferences as well as providing analysis for multiple media outlets including the New York Times, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Fast Company, and ReCode.
  • Ongoing technology column
  • Twitter: @tommainelli
Devices at MWC18: Flagships, Notches, and Android Go

Mar 2018 - IDC Link - Doc # lcAP43620318

by: Bryan MaTom Mainelli

Device launches at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) included the usual flagships from the likes of Samsung, Sony, HMD/Nokia, and ASUS, but also plenty of iPhone X–like notched displays, including smaller Android-based vendors from Ch...
On February 1, 2018, Apple announced FY 1Q18 earnings of $88.3 billion, up 13% over the previous year and 68% sequentially. Financial highlights include:iPhone shipments totaled 77.3 million (-1% year over year [YoY]), and revenue grew 13% ...
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U.S. Commercial PC Installed Base by Company Size

Mar 2018 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # US43621918

by: Tom Mainelli

This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at PC operating system deployments in the United States by company size and is based upon the IDC 2018 U.S. Commercial Mobile Device Survey.
Consumer Appetite for Robots That Vacuum

Mar 2018 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # US43622518

by: Tom Mainelli

This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at consumers in the United States who express an interest in robotic vacuums. It is based upon ConsumerScape 360: Emerging Technology and Video Survey from January 2018.
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IDC at CES 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV United States