Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says The PC industry is heading for collapse
check out the two charts of unit-share and %unit share showing increases in phones and tablets. Still, if PC is flattening out, that's not the same as collapse and people will still use their pc, windows 8 will let people use their PCs as tablets and drive tablet-format PCs which did not succeed before.
Summary: Two enormous warning signs that the PC industry as we know it is eroding away from under the OEMs.
There’s are several aspects of this chart that are worth noting:
- ....As Dediu points out, after less than two years enough units have been sold to put it within an order of magnitude of all PCs sold. That’s incredible growth.
- Android phones are doing much better. We can easily expect Android handsets to outsell PCs by the end of the year.
- New platforms such as the iOS and Android have represented the first real challenge to the dominance of the PC since 1991 (where the PC was put under pressure by Macintosh and Amiga.
So, PC shipments are flat-lining, and the market share of the platform has fallen to below 50%.