The Downfall of the PC
These days, it seems like more people are on their tablets than their computers. Does that mean that the PC is taking a fall? Will it get to the point where there are no more, or few, PCs available? Sales of PCs in 2015 were extremely weak, and experts don’t expect much of a resurgence in 2016. So what does this mean for the world of PCs? Is there any hope left for good old regular computers?
Probably not, considering there are a wide range of options for modifying tablets that essentially turn them into a computer. With detachable accessories like keyboards and mice, tablets transform into a computer but are also more portable than traditional PCs, making them more appealing to purchase.
However, despite these bleak PC sales, Apple is still able to cash in on their computers. Their new and improved Mac line of desktops and laptops showed strong sales. Experts consider the fact that since Apple is constantly innovating their computers and producing machines with high tech, state of the art features, this continues to lure customers who still desire an actual computer.
Affordable computer brand Lenovo is also showing strong sales. So maybe the PC isn’t completely dead, but it seems that buyers are becoming pickier about what type of machine they purchase, and what kind of money they are willing to spend. Overall PC sales haven’t been this slow since 2007.
Some researchers blame Windows for the low PC numbers this past year, and others simply blame competition from other devices, including wearables, tablets, and smartphones. For consumers who don’t have much disposable income and must only select one new device a year or every few years, they may rather choose something new and cool like the Apple watch or a brand new iPhone rather than purchase a new desktop computer.
Don’t worry, PCs aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, experts predict that 2016 will be a better year for PCs. Why is this? Mostly this could be due to traditional PC users who wish to purchase a new machine and upgrade their software, and of course, anyone looking to buy a Mac or iMac computer and enjoy Apple’s latest and most creative technology. For smaller PC makers, however, it may signal distress. All we can do is watch and wait to see if the PC industry makes a comeback, or if too many tablets and other options take money away from the traditional computer industry.
Do you still own or wish to purchase a PC? Why or why not? Do you think tablets and accessories can truly take the place of a PC or laptop computer?