The PC is not dead, according to the latest Technology, Media and Telecommunications predictions report from Deloitte.
Instead of the post-PC era, as argued by many, we are now firmly in the PC plus era argues the report. Deloitte argues that while around 30 million tablets have been purchased by enterprises world-wide, most are actually companion devices replacing paper, not PCs.
Citing examples such as pilots in cockpits, the report says that while the enterprise PC installed base is about 500 million, at most 15 million enterprise tablets are being used as a principal computing device. Fewer than five million of these, it argues, are complete PC replacements where employees had PCs taken away and now rely solely on tablets to do all of their work tasks.
"We are not in a ‘post-PC era.' We are in the era of ‘PC Plus'. "PCs have larger screens, full- or mid-size keyboards and mice and are therefore more favourable for certain tasks such as reviewing documents, browsing the web or watching video," says the report. "The Deloitte Ireland 2012 CIO Survey also observes this trend-only 3% of respondent Irish CIOs identified tablets as an alternative to laptops, reflecting the laptop/PC as the preferred content creation device for the foreseeable future."
Strong sales of tablets and smartphones have prompted some to suggest that the PC is becoming an anachronism, according to the report. From 2010 to 2012, sales of tablets and smart phones have grown from over 350 million to around 1 billion units. This is far greater than the volume of PC sales, which also grew over that period, just at a lower rate. PC sales were 350 million in 2010, 353 million in 2011 and are likely to be about 355 million units in 2012.
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