The PC is having its mid-life crisis, just a little bit early
"The PC market has been buffeted by some pretty strong winds recently: sales this year will decline for the second year running (they'll be about flat next year too) as consumers and business switch to tablets and smartphones.
And for the first time internet usage on mobiles and tablets has overtaken use on PCs. Margins for most PC makers remain razor thin. In a Daily Telegraph interview last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook memorably pondered: 'Why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?’
All of this gives the PC – and PC makers – plenty of reasons for a crisis of confidence.
The first IBM PC was introduced in August 1981, which means the PC is 35 years old. And while that's perhaps a little early to be having a mid-life crisis, that's one way of explaining what is happening right now.”
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