Many tablets being sold have better displays and hardware than pcs. And many tablets are sold with keyboards.. Finally, are the touchscreen laptops being classified as tablets? Perhaps it makes more sense to classify as Microsoft, google, Linux, apple, or chrome...
"Many tablets being sold have better displays and hardware than pcs. And many tablets are sold with keyboards.. Finally, are the touchscreen laptops being classified as tablets?"
That was exactly my reaction too. For some reason, the numbers keep getting adjusted to continue this storyline about "the decline in PC sales," even when PC sales aren't declining!
Laptops have always been classified as PCs. Certain types of tablets, such as the Surface Pro, perhaps should also be classified as PCs, because they were really designed to function as super sleek laptops, and to run the same apps as laptops.
"Laptops have always been classified as PCs. Certain types of tablets, such as the Surface Pro, perhaps should also be classified as PCs."
Indeed, it's just a matter of how the categories are defined. When it is stated as "PC sales are declining and tablet sales are overtaking them" it sounds like news. But if it is stated as "computers keep getting smaller and more portable," then people will just say "yes, well duh!"
Yes, this has been long expected despite the bullish wish of Mr. Michael Dell who still thinks the golden age of PC is not over. I am yet to see the reason why I will go to the market or store and buy a PC over a portable/mobile device.
Hi Zewde - per the subject of this comment the following error in your article needs correcting as highlighted in the following sentence abstracted from ytour post:
"Global production of electronics will grow from $1.41 billion (should be trillion) in 2013 to $1.74 billion(ibid) by 2017, according to the 2014 edition of IC Insights' IC Market Drivers report"
The dollar amounts quoted for global electronics production should both be TRILLIONS not billions! The expected global semiconductor sales value for 2013 is forecasted to be larger than 300 billion for 2013 therefore requiring the electronics production value to be approximately an order of magnitude higher, that is, Billion => Trillion. Mike Cowan
He fixed it but would have added a comment below the article that the piece was updated. I think that is the journalist tradition. That helps people track changes in case someone has referred and quoted the article
The strong wireless growth will keep Quacom and Android's position, Intel and Microsoft keep losing land. Year 2013 marks that: smart phone centered wireless internet over takes PC centered internet, "Quadroid" replaces "Wintel".
As the portables (tablets and phones) become capable of performing most of the functions of the PC, it is only natural that they will take over the market. Very few applications used by most people require the PC. This is the natural evolution.
140 is the twitter limit today. 160 for SMS. I expect these will eventually increase, but there are also many other social media applications in use that have higher limits. I do get your point though. How do we educate the future leaders of the world when they are nose down in social media. They are very current on whatever is popular but that may not be the topics needed to guide the future.