PC Industry In Denial

The PC industry is blind to the rising tide of mobile devices says Barcap analyst Ben Reitzes who reckons “PCs could decline for many years to come.”

It can no longer be assumed that the PC market can remain in the range of 350 million units a year says Reitzes and  the PC replacement cycle is in the process of being elongated by 1-2 years, resulting in the loss of 50-100 million units in annualized demand by 2015.



  1. Well given that Reitzes is predicting a bit over a 3% year on year decline in PC’s and a roughly 13% year on year rise in tablets – looks like a lot of us are going to be using both.
    Hardly the demise of the PC, but probably some writing on the wall – if anyone can still remember how to use a pen.

  2. I think that’s so, NoCynic, I couldn’t exist just with an iPad. IPad’s are awful for word processing – for one thing you can’t delete from the left – only from the right – and it hangs often and unpredictably. So, now Thst I have an iPad it means I have an extra thing to lug around as well as a laptop. But I wouldn’t be without the iPad – it’s just so much quicker and easier to use than a laptop for emails and search

  3. Is it not the case that if you want to use an iPad, you have to have a PC or Mac (with iTunes installed) ?
    So are Apple trying to prop up the PC industry ?

  4. I think you’re absolutely right SEPAM, for most people there’s no need to buy a new PC.

  5. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan

    It seems to me that it is implied that tablet (and probably slo pads) sales are on the expense of PCs but I am not sure that is really the case. Tablets/pads are good for mobile media consumption but are less convenient for inputting large amounts of text so the market seems well segmented already.
    Could it be that PCs now do what 99 percent of the population alredy requires?

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