Remember how a few months ago received wisdom had it that the future of personal computing was tablets, and the PC—laptop or desktop—was a dying breed in the post-PC era?
Well, the latest meme circulating—which gathered momentum following Apple’s fiscal 2014 third quarter financials were announced on Tuesday—is that it’s now tablets that are passé. Apple’s iPad—which launched the touchscreen tablet revolution and the purported post-PC
era way back in 2010—has just logged a second consecutive quarter of negative sales growth, and a sizeable cohort of pundits opines that tablets will prove an ephemeral phenomenon, much like PC
netbook laptops did before they were eclipsed by the tablet onslaught, about to be superseded by a modest resurgence in PC popularity (Apple sold a better-than-expected 4.4 million Macs in the
quarter) and a new onslaught of large-screen smartphones (AKA “phablets”).
The IT market is once again proving to have the attention span of a fruitfly, but in my opinion, rumors of the tablet’s (or for,that matter, the PC’s) imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. While
Apple sold “only” 13.3 million iPads in its Q3/14, following a 16% iPad sales decline in its Q2 year-over-year,…