The decline of PC
Way back in the antediluvian ages of 2010, when everyone thought the “Harlem Shake” was something you drink, Apple introduced the iPad. Nobody, even Apple, really knew how the market would react. After all people already had smartphones, laptops, netbooks, and the old standby, the desktop PC. Did folks really want another form factor?
Turns out they did. Tablets sales took off, while PC sales stagnated. As the above chart from International Data Corp (IDC) demonstrates, the first quarter of 2013 reported a 14% drop in PC shipments, falling below 80 million units for the first time since 2009. This is the worst quarterly report since IDC began tracking PC shipments in 1994. Read more