The death of the PC

Remember the time when your only option for connecting to the Internet was to boot up your PC or laptop? Well, those times are definitely gone. You have more solutions than ever to access the Internet, everything from your smartphone to your tablet to your video-game console. Which, as much as anything, is sending PC sales into a downward spiral. Web site Business Insider has declared this the end of the PC era.

Consumers lukewarm toward PCs

It’s not that people will no longer buy PCs. They will. They just will not be buying them in as great of numbers. When they want to check their e-mail messages, update their Facebook pages and search for the phone number of that new Thai restaurant, they will be far more apt to punch up the Internet with their smartphones or tablets. Business Insider relies on data from IDC and Gartner to show that PC sales have been flat since 2009 while the number of smartphones sold has overtaken the number of PCs sold.

The era of the tablet?

It’s becoming increasingly clear that today’s consumers prefer to do their computing on tablets as an alternative to PCs. Business Insider points to data from IDC, Strategy Analytics and Gartner that show that tablet sales have become greater than PC sales. The fact is, the story shows that consumers are buying more than one iPad per household. According to research data, more than 32 percent of consumers reported that their households contained two iPads as of July of 2012. And that’s only the start of our iPad mania. The same research found that 4.9 percent of households boasted over four of the devices.

A dreary future for PCs?

PC makers shouldn’t rely on a brighter future. According to Business Insider, citing numbers from Nielsen, about 40 percent of consumers who are older than 13 want to purchase a tablet in the next six months. That’s far more than the 19 percent who want to buy a computer. And if you think that’s bad, consider that young consumers, especially, seem to be weary of the PC. As outlined by Business Insider, over 75 percent of young consumers are interested in a tablet in the next six months. Just 30 percent of young consumers are keen on buying a computer.


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