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Apple top 2013 vendor, Android to dominate in 2014
11/26/2013 06:35 PM EST
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Bert22306
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Why was this not reported?
Bert22306   11/26/2013 9:02:53 PM
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Yes, tablets, whatever, but is this proof that the press prefers gloom and doom, or what?

I've been wondering whether eventually, PC sales wouldn't start a comeback. Sooner or later, I thought, people will have bought their tablets and will probably get back to their workhorse. I admit that tablets like the Surface Pro would likely make that picture more cloudy.

So, I haven't seen any screaming headlines on EE Times, and this phenomenon has apparently not (yet) occurred globally, but PC sales in the US, 3rd quarter 2013, are 3.5 percent higher than last year. Surprising turnaround? Dunno. You'd think it would get some press coverage, though.

Here's a funny combination:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/10/technology/mac-pc-sales/

The above CNN article, while it reports the increase, couldn't help but include a doomsday video. Unless I'm missing something, the video seems totally unaware of the uptick.

Another article reports this change from Apple's point of view. Apple was not among those showing PC market growth.

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/09/apple-again-trails-u-s-pc-market-in-key-back-to-school-quarter-as-tablets-continue-to-eat-into-pc-sales/

I've seen this happening over and over and over again. People seem to assume that today's trend will be the trend for all time. It was never more obvious than in the go-go early 2000s, when supposedly the whole economic system had changed dramaitically. Until, uuuh, it hadn't. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the same isn't true with this "PC in decline" mantra we keep hearing. Although again, tablets like the Surface Pro could, or should, change what constitutes "PC."

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Will Apple continue to fall?
daleste   11/26/2013 9:04:01 PM
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Makes you wonder what will be Apples next new product.  Without Steve Jobs, will they have one?

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Re: Will Apple continue to fall?
Bert22306   11/26/2013 9:11:37 PM
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Actually, though, Apple still continues to be "most profitable." In other words, to charge more.

It should not be surprising that a company that charges more will lose market share, as the masses start buying up the new devices. Apple will have to invent some other new toy, a la smartphone, at precisely the right time (i.e. when the infrastructure is ready for the device). Then for another period of time, they will get the market share from early adopters. And the cycle repeats.

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Re: Will Apple continue to fall?
daleste   11/26/2013 9:21:45 PM
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Yes, I agree.  With sub $150 tablets, Apple's share will continue to fall.  The million dollar question is what will be their next big product.

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Caleb Kraft   11/27/2013 10:08:10 AM
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man, I think those sub $150 tablets are the best thing for apple right now! Anyone I know who has used one has walked away disgusted, then been amazed at how well an ipad works.

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LarryM99   11/27/2013 12:27:52 PM
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What I am seeing is PC makers doing more innovating than they have in a long time. Desktop PCs and laptops had become, quite frankly, boring. There is nothing like a sharp drop in sales to force companies into trying new things. Most of these will end up unsuccessful, but there is a possibility that they will come up with true differentiators that will give PCs in some form a new lease on life.

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junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 1:06:11 PM
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@LarryM99, I couldn't agree with you more. Think about it. Every desktop, every notebook, for decades, looked and operated pretty much the same way. It's about time when this will change!

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Caleb Kraft   11/27/2013 1:08:31 PM
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100% spot on! A little bit of a shake up will help spice up this market.

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KB3001   11/28/2013 11:33:02 AM
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I admire your fondness for PCs Bert22306  :-) I think once we define what a PC is, everything will become clearer. As it is, people are using the same word to mean different things hence the confusion.

 

So, what is a PC for your, EEtimers?

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Re: Why was this not reported?
KB3001   11/28/2013 11:43:19 AM
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Higher bandwidth connectivity will change the landscape for good. Thinner clients with standard and ubiquitous accessories will become the norm. They will be handheld devices, the word PC will become defunct :-)

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