Monday, August 1, 2011

Apple could become king of consumer computing devices

Big Dreams and Dashed Dreams, article.

... it reveals the rate of growth of iOS related products. And then when you start looking at how this explosive growth is impacting the PC industry, the picture really comes into focus. Finally, once Apple starts on a climb like this, the trend seldom reverses. The conclusion is that over the next few years, we’ll likely see a steady decline in PC sales to point where the PC industry drops into panic mode. Given their delay in producing a viable tablet, one has to really wonder whether Apple will end up replacing the entire PC industry as the number one supplier of consumer computing devices. 

It had not even occurred to me, but what's really nuts is not only that it could happen, but at current trends, it's not even unlikely! Think about it! Most functions of popular PCs can be replaced by tablets. And because tablets are easy and fun (at least Apple tablets), they will be replaced. The only PC maker not crying over sales of PCs is Apple, and Apple is also the only really successful, so far, maker of the device which will probably replace most PC's, the tablet.

Sure, the chance is also solid that it might happen (Amazon or Samsung may pull out a rabbit), or not within a few years. But it's amazing to think that a couple of years ago, ask anybody if Apple could become king of consumer computing devices, they'd have laughed you out of the room. Many would still try today, but then show them these statistics.

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