“This has not been a great year for the PC industry, and it’s about to get even worse,” Bill Synder reports for InfoWorld. “With sales of mobile devices exploding, Gartner yesterday downgraded its forecast for PC sales this year to 9.3 percent or 385 million units from 10.5 percent.”
“Tablets, smartphones, and the cloud have it. PCs and PC-centric companies like Dell and Microsoft don’t,” Synder writes. “What we’re looking at is a perfect storm: The mobile revolution, the desire of consumers to accumulate digital content at home, and the consumerization of IT are together swamping the PC.”
“The failure is all the more striking when you look at what Apple was doing at the same time. At the height of the miniboom in netbook sales, Steve Jobs was catching flack from pundits who thought he should produce a mini MacBook. He refused, instead focusing the company’s energy on the iPad,” Synder writes. “We know how that worked out. As of the last quarter, the biggest drag on sales of iPad 2 was lack of capacity to meet demand. Simply put, Apple is selling every single one it can produce.”
Synder writes, “Apple’s forthcoming iCloud sync-and-storage service… which allows users to sync content transparently across multiple devices, is right, well, in sync with how people now view computing.”
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]