Are we really entering the “post-pc era” that Apple keep referring to?
Tablets are not replacing PCs, but they are becoming the preferred device for certain functions previously performed by a PC or laptop, such as accessing e-mail and calendars on the move. But there is not a lot of word processing or spreadsheet manipulation taking place on tablets or smartphones, nor much ERP and CRM data entry.
Gartner forecasts that PC sales will grow 4.4% this year, with 368 million units shipped, rising further to 400 million in 2013. That’s still plenty of cash for an era that is meant to be over.
What we are actually entering is the ‘post-PC-is-your-only-option’ era.