Mobile Continues Crushing Flailing PC Industry; Worst Sales Drop in History Recorded

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  1. dgstorm

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    Industry analysts have been continuously sounding the "death knell" of the PC industry for quite some time now. Although it is probably exaggerated, today's newest market numbers (from two different studies) paint a stark picture revealing why people are making these predictions. The first quarter of this year saw the worst PC sales decline in history, as PC sales dipped down a whopping -14% (as you can see in the chart above). Here's a quote with more of the details,

    With these bleak numbers it's almost surprising to see that Lenovo is still doing pretty well, although it's obvious it is at the expense of everyone else.

    [Editorial aside: Despite these depressing sales figures, I suspect we will eventually see a leveling out of this trend. Eventually sales of tablets and smartphones will reach a saturation point, which is where PC sales are right now. Most of the people who will own one of these devices will already have one, and will only upgrade occasionally. We will basically see the smartphone industry and the tablet industry level off to a regular sales pattern, just like we are currently seeing in the PC industry. Right now, smartphones and tablets are the cool new trendy gadget; however, once everyone owns one, they will have no need to constantly buy new ones. The PC industry will not die off, but will instead become like the appliance industry and have regular "needs based" sales volume. Ultimately, when the next "new" disruptive tech comes along, the same thing will likely happen to smartphones and tablets. Of course, that's just my theory. Please share yours.]