Is Web site Business Insider engaging in hyperbole when it declared the end of the era of the PC? Maybe. But there’s no question that the boom times of the personal computer have ended. Just look at the growing demand for mobile computing. Consumers today are switching to their tablets and smartphones in increasing numbers to access the Internet. And that’s the primary reason why Business Insider’s editors aren’t too far off in forecasting the end of the PC’s computing dominance.
Are PCs outdated?
It’s not that people will no longer buy PCs. They will. They just aren’t going to be purchasing them in as great of numbers. When they would like to check their e-mail messages, update their Facebook pages and search for the phone number of that new Thai restaurant, they’ll be much more likely to punch up the Web on their smartphones or tablets. Business Insider relies on data from IDC and Gartner showing that PC sales have been flat since 2009 while the number of smartphones sold has now overtaken the number of PCs sold.
Tablets are Hot, Not PCs
It’s becoming more and more clear that today’s consumers prefer to do their computing on tablets rather then PCs. Business Insider points to data from IDC, Strategy Analytics and Gartner that show that tablet sales are now higher than PC sales. In fact, the story shows that consumers are buying more than one iPad per household. Based on research data, greater than 32 percent of consumers reported that their households contained two iPads as of July of 2012. And that’s just the start of our iPad mania. The same research found that 4.9 percent of households boasted over four of the devices.
No young love for PCs
The future doesn’t look much better for PC makers. Business Insider, relying on numbers from Nielsen, found about 40 percent of consumers 13 and older want to purchase tablets in the next half-year. Not as impressive is the number who want to buy PCs. Only 19 percent are interested in computers. And the news is worse for PC makers when considering young consumers. Business Insider reported that a whopping 75 percent or so of young consumers are interested to buy tablets in the next six months, compared to just 30 percent who would like to buy a PC.