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Friday, 04 March 2011 09:57

PC is dead claims Gartner

Written by Nick Farell
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We will all become Apple fanboys
Analyst outfit Gartner has made the claim that PCs are dying and we will all be trying to write our novels on Apple tablets.

While such a prophecy is more terrifying that anything Daniel or St John could come up with, it is exactly the vision of St Steve Jobs. The market research firm said that tablets will not be "additive"but subtractive and instead of opting for that second PC and then maybe a tablet on top of that, consumers will opt for just the tablet.

George Shiffler, research director at Gartner said expects growing consumer enthusiasm for mobile PC alternatives, such as the iPad and other media tablets, to dramatically slow home mobile PC sales. "We once thought that mobile PC growth would continue to be sustained by consumers buying second and third mobile PCs as personal devices. However, we now believe that consumers are not only likely to forgo additional mobile PC buys but are also likely to extend the lifetimes of the mobile PCs they retain as they adopt media tablets and other mobile PC alternatives as their primary mobile device." This means that instead of buying a PC they will use the cash to buy a tablet or other mobile device or smartphone.

Gartner expects home mobile PCs to average less than 10 percent annual growth in mature markets from 2011 through 2015." It is also lowering its PC unit forecast for 2011 and 2012. Mobile PCs are fast dropping out of date. They are too heavy and and do not offer the all-day battery life, to substantiate their promise of real mobility. While that might be true, we do not think it is time to write off anything yet. 

Tablets and smartphones are no where near capable of doing the things that a PC can do within the consumer market. Tablets are not good for typing out long emails, documents or books. Plugging in a keyboard negates the purpose of a tablet, if there is one. Smartphones are too small to do much else other than casually browse and send messages. Netbooks are impossible to type more than a sentence on before becoming frustrated.

Perhaps the development of PC TV's might be the factor that kills off the large scale adoption of the PC, but the tablet? Please!


Nick Farell

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+87 #1 chyll2 2011-03-04 10:24
urgh! How many times PC gaming died already?

but it is kind of insulting if Apple who will be the one cause of it.
 
 
+50 #2 Blacky 2011-03-04 10:27
I actually like Nick's completely biased way of presenting news. It always makes me laugh!

The only real replacement that has taken place in the past 4 years has been that of laptops taking over desktops and tablets eating the market share of netbooks... but nothing earth shattering.
 
 
+19 #3 mystikalrush 2011-03-04 10:47
HAH! yeah right with every device out there you know it within yourself as you say it, "If only it could do this" just like the regular customs that your used to on a PC. Maybe far down in the future but not soon. (Still can't open many rars to form 1 file on my android phone), let alone enough storage, 1 of many examples.
 
 
+29 #4 Exodite 2011-03-04 10:51
I suppose that with an external display and keyboard even an iPad could make for a useful, if slow and expensive, text processing machine.

Assuming, of course, that there's a full-featured LaTeX distribution and editor available for iOS.

No?

Screw that then.
 
 
+50 #5 Warhead 2011-03-04 11:11
Can someone please ask Gartner to have a look at the trailler for the new Battlefield 3 for PC?
 
 
+65 #6 123s 2011-03-04 11:22
Oh shit, pc died again.
 
 
+101 #7 johndgr 2011-03-04 11:28
Gartner is dead claims PC
 
 
+38 #8 Seikent 2011-03-04 11:29
I think that a tablet with an adjustable screen angle and a comfortable keyboard would be great ... oh wait, that's a notebook!
 
 
+16 #9 cheku 2011-03-04 11:38
Article is about Mobile PCs (laptops) being exchanged for tablets, NOT Desktops. (as a 2nd device)

not worth comment...
 
 
+10 #10 ph0b0s 2011-03-04 12:38
Quoting cheku:
Article is about Mobile PCs (laptops) being exchanged for tablets, NOT Desktops. (as a 2nd device)

not worth comment...





Yeah, what he said. Don't people posting news here read articles before attaching headlines?

It's about tablet devices cutting into mobile PC sales and nothing else, jez

Oh and they are right, as I would rather buy a tablet, than a laptop, but only because I will always have a desktop to pick up the slack.
 

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