“PC market growth has been decelerating for some time now and will continue to do so for some time to come,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “That’s the word from Barclays Capital‘s hardware analyst Ben Reitzes, who says that there’s no end in sight to the PC market’s slow decline.”

“Why? As the use case for tablets and smartphones grows, particularly in enterprise and education, those devices are beginning to eclipse the PC,” Paczkowski reports. “And in doing so, they’re extending the PC replacement cycle.”

Paczkowski reports, “Retizes expects 182 million tablets to be sold in 2013 — up from his prior estimate of 146 million. By 2015, he expects that number to hit 268 million.
And by 2016? An even 300 million. And in each of those years Reitzes expects the iPad to account for the majority of tablet sales: 61 percent in 2013 and 2014, 60 percent in 2015, and 59 percent in 2016. ‘We believe that Apple will continue to gain share and be one of the main beneficiaries of the market move toward mobile devices,’ Reitzes concluded.”

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