“So it’s official – the lifelong battle of legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs is finally won, now that he has toppled the PC platform from beyond the grave: well, in the UK, at least,” Paul Kunert writes for The Register.

“IDC confirmed the shock figures to the The Channel, with 2.8 million tabs reaching the warehouses of retailers and distributors, up a scorching 188 percent on last year,” Kunert writes. “In the same three-month period, 2.3 million PCs were sent into channels, possibly to moulder in unsold piles, representing a decline of 15 percent. This included a 20 percent fall in portables and a six percent decline in desktops.”

Kunert writes, “‘The reason notebooks are declining at a faster rate than desktops is that they are more exposed to substitution from the tablet,’ Catherine Lowry, EMEA PC analyst told The Channel. She added that when someone buys a tab as a secondary device, ‘it extends the life of the notebook, resulting in a less frequent replacement cycle.’ There was no hiding place for PC vendors – both the consumer and business PC segments declined, down 19 and 11 percent respectively.”

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MacDailyNews Take:
When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm. But as vehicles started to be used in the urban centers, cars got more popular. Innovations like automatic transmission and power steering and things that you didn’t care about in a truck as much started to become paramount in cars… PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around, they’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by one out of X people. – Steve Jobs, June 1, 2010

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