Analyst: Consolidation in beleaguered Windows PC market ‘inevitable’ as sales plummet

“Maynard Um with Wells Fargo believes the latest PC sales data from IDC, released this week, is the strongest indication yet that the PC market is in line for a major shakeup over the next few years,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “He sees an industry with more share consolidated among even fewer competitors.”

“The latest data from IDC showed that PC sales declined 13.9 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2013. That marks the worst year-over-year slip on record,” Hughes reports. “Outside of Apple, Um expects to see a ‘markedly different’ PC landscape in a few years, with fewer companies controlling larger shares. But in the interim, with no signs of immediate consolidation or industry rebound, Um believes the PC market will “continue to feel pain.””

Hughes reports, “The continued struggles seen in the PC market were predicted by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2010, when he said the debut of the iPad signaled the beginning of a market-wide transition to a post-PC era. At the time Jobs believed that traditional PCs would remain, but their presence would be diminished over time as fewer users would need their specific abilities.”

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  1. Many people have misinterpreted Jobs remarks by thinking ALL PC’s will go away when in reality they will become a niche, a large niche to be sure but the PC’s heyday is over. As is the need for many consumers to have them/

  2. The punditry has picked up Jobs’s “Post-PC” and added the coinage to its lexicon. Tech industry analysts find the phrase a useful construct in their structural theories. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s opposing descriptor “PC Plus” appears to have been a jinx, and is on the way to becoming “PC minus”.

  3. At this very moment I am watching NBR, Nightly Business Report, on the US Public Broadcasting System. They are all gaga about the decline of the PC market and the drop in most of the PC manufacturing and Microsoft stocks.

    HILARIOUS is that NBR is ignorantly attempting to shove Apple into that decline, when in fact Apple Macs continue to GROW in sales numbers AND market share.

    IOW: TechTardiness, refusing to do one’s homework, continues to rule in tech journalism. PATHETIC and SAD. 😥

    Now back to watching the show…

    1. HeeHee. So the show’s revelational segment about the decline of the PC market (which has been going on for how-many-years?!) ends with one dimwitted pundit asking ‘who will be the big computer inventor in the future?’ Well DUH. We here all know the answer. But what did his corresponding dimwit pundit from out in the field reply?



      How I do so love the future, and ACTUAL revelations coming down the pike. Poor techTard journalists ending up with pie on their ignorant faces. If only they had been professional and actually RESEARCHED and UNDERSTOOD what they were talking about. Deliberate ignorance is their downfall. The generation that follows you will actually KNOW their tech. You’ll be the decrepit Luddites tossed to the side because you refused to catch up with the future.


  4. “The continued struggles seen in the PC market were predicted by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2010, when he said the debut of the iPad signaled the beginning of a market-wide transition to a post-PC era.”

    Time and again, Steve was well ahead of his time …

  5. That last sentence does not make sense. I think he means “wouldn’t”.

    And share consolidation maybe. Other types of consolidation is not likely. Why would any one buy another company in a declining industry.

    I think PCs will remain in existence. There is so much mobile devices can’t do but it sure will be less of them in the future and with tablets and phones gettin more powerful most users won’t need a PC.

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