According to IDC, lack of interest in PCs means that beyond replacement of existing systems there isn't much else to hold consumers' attention with the platform. The report tries to be a little upbeat, forecasting some growth in 2015, but that comes after projected drops in the next two years that don't support the notion of future growth under any circumstance.
Together, Android and iOS make up a staggering 92.3 percent of all smartphone shipments for Q1 2013, at least according to IDC's latest worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker.
Storage revenues will soar to $6 billion in 2016 because of the inexorable rise of big data.
The first quarter of 2013 was the worst for PC sales since 1994, IDC said.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), plummeting -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012.
The latest survey of connected intelligent devices from IDC has revealed what we were all beginning to suspect – the day of the PC has gone, while tablets and smartphones continue their inexorable ascent.
The PC market is expected to decline by 1.3% in 2013, buffeted by pressure from iOS and Android tablets, as well as relatively limited adoption of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
Worldwide tablet shipments have outpaced analyst predictions by racking up an impressive total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12).
For the first time in five years, PC shipments over the holiday shopping season were lower than the year before - and IDC is blaming Windows 8.
A strong competitive market - including surging Android tablet shipments and robust demand for Apple's iPad mini - has prompted analysts at IDC to revise their 2012 projection for the worldwide tablet market.
Apple's launch of the iPad Mini hit the company's sales figures in the previous months as users hung on for the new device.
Lenovo may - or may not - have knocked HP off its perch as the world's top PC supplier, depending on which analyst firm you believe.
Amazon's Kindle Fire boasts a sweet $199 price point and is currently one of the most popular Android tablets on the market.
Apple's wildly popular iPad is set to once again increase its market share at the expense of Android tablets.
Intel, with total semiconductor revenues of $51.8 billion in 2011, dominated the semiconductor market once again last year.
The global PC market posted a slight increase in volume during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) compared to the same quarter in 2011, with shipments rising 2.3%.
Analysts at IDC say they expect a "relatively dramatic" industry shift to occur between 2011 and 2016.
Three years from now, the iPad, which invented the modern tablet market, will be on the outside looking in.
Windows 8, which runs on both ARM and x86 (AMD/Intel) chips, is perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated OS upgrades in recent memory.
The global economy may be stagnating, but worldwide PC microprocessor revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2011 (3Q11) rose to $10.7 billion, up 12.2% compared to 2Q11 and up 16.1% compared to 3Q10.