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.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has slashed its PC shipments forecast for 2013, citing weak demand in all four corners of the globe.
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.
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.
Worldwide PC shipments are expected to decline in 2012 for the first time in 11 years.
Indeed, the total PC market in 2012 is projected to contract by 1.2% to 348.7 million units, down from 352.8 million in 2011.
Apple is projected to report record breaking sales of 20 million iPads during the just-concluded June quarter.
Shipments of Internet-enabled devices are projected to hit 503.6 million units in 2013, up from 161 million in 2010. In comparison, PC shipments will hover around 253.3 million, up from 222.3 million.
Hardware is making a comeback. It's good for the economy. It's good for us. Might not be so good for Apple.