The PC is dying. The iPad and Mac are not

“The PC is dying. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what’s coming: Apple continues to dominate the so-called ‘tablet’ market, with Amazon’s Kindle Fire picking-up converts at the low end — squeezing other players out of the game. And Apple’s Mac sales are propping up the entire PC industry,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld.

“The latest Strategy Analytics figures tell us global tablet shipments climbed 150 percent. Apple captured 58 percent of 27 million units in Q4, while Android devices took 39 percent,” Evans reports. “‘Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter,’ said Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, in a press release.’ While I can accept that strong sales of the Android-powered Kindle Fire and moves to shift stocks of failed Android-powered tablet devices will have impacted general market share figures, I find these figures challenging to configure in terms of real-world experience. When was the last time you saw an Android-powered tablet used in public? I have seen a Kindle Fire in use, but not much else.”

Evans reports, “The PC is dying. No, not in a dramatic train wreck or a victim of a high-profile assassination, nor with an invasion of highly-skilled Ninjas. Not like that. The old model is simply fading away. Where Apple steps today, everyone else will follow. What do you think Windows 8 is an attempt to emulate. Recent Gartner and IDC numbers confirm this philosophy. Note the words of Tom Reestman. He notes that Apple’s Mac sales grew 20.7 percent while the PC industry as a whole shrank 5.9 percent. That doesn’t sound too bad, until you recognize Mac sales are now propping up the entire industry.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. i don’t need a faster computer for office administrative work anymore. most computers are fast enough.

    the innovation on the software side for office productivity has started to mature which in turn lengthens out the upgrade cycle for computers.

    add also the historical prices of Macs to the current prices of Macs and those with money to buy computers find the premium to buy a Mac is a lot less.

    a phone upgrade cycle is 1-3 years…a computer is 3-5 years now.

  2. “Attention everyone! This is your tour guide speaking. Please don your gas masks as we enter the gateway to the ruins of the industrial complex. The stench in here remains quite fetid.

    ‘As we make our way through the ruins, please notice how the windows have been smashed out of every building.

    “Please follow me into the charred building on our left. As we enter this room, please notice the pile of damaged chairs in the corner. This was the office of ‘Monkey Boy’ Steven Ballmer, the final CEO of Microsoft.”

  3. The proper time to assess this is 1 year after the launch of Windows 8, and after all the major Taiwanese/China PC companies have launched their Windows 7 tablets, and when Nokia has had a few quarters selling their Windows Phones in conjunction with a parallel Windows 8 desktop/tablet. Before that happens, such articles are just for the entertainment of Mac fanboys.

    1. And in the meantime we Mac fanboys will have a grand old time lambasting the likes of you and your cretin friends, that is if you have any among the wharf rats that perceive Windows as some kind of food, though it be offal.

  4. “Apple captured 58 percent of 27 million units in Q4, while Android devices took 39 percent”

    THIS kinda scares me.. Now I know they are adding Kindle fire/Nook Color into the numbers, but still.. 60/40 split?

    I’d also like to see the breakdown of sold vs. shipped here..
    these numbers are shipped only. We know Apple sells almost everyone they shipped…

    “I find these figures challenging to configure in terms of real-world experience. When was the last time you saw an Android-powered tablet used in public? I have seen a Kindle Fire in use, but not much else.”

    Key point here. I also have seen a Fire in public… NO other android based tablet. I do see iPad’s all the time.

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