Thursday, 14 April 2011

Death of the PC?

An interesting bit of news that tablet sales may be starting to impact PC sales, not just causing a decline in growth but maybe even a decline in sales.

Read at Huffington Post: iPad Takes A Chunk Out Of PC Sales, Say Analysts: "Last year, the popularity of Apple Inc.'s iPad hurt PC sales. This year, that trend is continuing, as new data from two market research firms indicate PC shipments declined in the first three months of 2011.

"On Wednesday, Gartner Inc. said that its research shows PC shipments dipped 1.1 percent compared to the same period last year, to 84.3 million. IDC said its numbers show PC shipments fell 3.2 percent to 80.6 million. The companies measure the market in different ways.

"Gartner had expected 3 percent shipment growth, while IDC was looking for 1.5 percent growth.

"Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said that during the January-March period consumers weren't as drawn to cheap PCs – usually a category that keeps the market growing. Rather, they were interested in tablet computers and other consumer electronics."

A few things we have noticed. We took to tablets and mobile devices much earlier than most here, and in 2010 we stopped purchasing and building both PCs and laptops to put all our resources towards iPhones, Androids and iPads. So we saw first hand how sale of these devices can impact PC sales.

But over time the limitations of tablets started to come home to us, and in the past few months we find ourselves buying laptops again and restoring a few Linux PCs we had. The problem is the current tablet iPad or Android is still a bit limited. It is a great device for consumer content, and okay device for click based production of content, but when you have to do some heavy lifting the value of a laptop like the new MacBook Pro will prove its value.

We have been doing a lot of development and running a few facebook and Twitter social media campaigns, along with doing a lot of blogging and a tablet, either Apple or Android is not up to the task right now.

So it will be interesting to see if tablets get more powerful over the next couple of years, and if not much so will PC sales rebound as consumers find they need the power of a proper PC?

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