“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.]