The PC isn’t dead, but it’s still a post-PC era
In early June, market researcher IDC cut its forecast growth for PCs in 20011 (emphasis: mine) from 7.1 percent to 4.2 percent. Gartner Group, another IT analyst firm, had earlier trimmed its numbers. Meanwhile, Apple iPad sales continue to skyrocket, with 183 percent growth compared to the year-ago quarter. Android tablets remain more of a mixed bag when it comes to gaining buyers, but they’ll gain traction over time as well.
Humorous typo aside, I have to agree with many of the points in this article. I don’t think computers are going away entirely, but I do think that they are overkill for many people. The tablet is the perfect device for those that only need a computer for email and web browsing, a very large percentage of overall current computer users. One of the most compelling uses for a tablet is in schools and universities. No more lugging around a 40 pound backpack full of books. I wish we had these when I was in school!