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July 19, 2013

๐ŸŽ iPad was the Event that Destroyed the PC Industry. So, while there’s little doubt that we’ve shifted from an era dominated by the PC to one ruled by post-PC devices, this shift clearly coincides with the introduction of the iPad.

๐ŸŒ€ Tablets have, in one form or another, been around for decades. Microsoft has tried and failed on several occasions to take them mainstream. But it was Apple’s iPad released on April 10, 2010 with that name that many thought would doom it to failure, which took the idea of a tablet computer and transformed it into a marketable, highly successful product.

๐ŸŒ€ The iPad, in turn, paved the way for Android-powered slates, and then devices powered by Windows RT and Windows 8.

๐ŸŒ€ What didn’t help following the launch of the iPad was the way that Microsoft, along with its hardware partners, started furiously churning out expansive, poor quality tablets that OEMs could only convince consumers to buy by offering them at firesale loss-leader prices. This confusion allowed the iPad to gain ground on the PC, and cemented its position as a Magical game changer.

๐ŸŒ€ What’s interesting are the suggestions that the post-PC industry could also be headed for stagnation, as the high-end smartphone market becomes crowded. If this turns out to be the case, then beleaguered PC firms scrabbling for new markets could find themselves leaping headlong into another imploding market.

๐ŸŒ€ Just as with the demise of the dinosaurs, many theories have been put forward as to why the PC industry ground to a sudden halt the way it did. Some blamed consumer boredom and frustration with poor operation of Windows, while others pointed their fingers at an overall flaccid economy, while pointed to the ethereal "post-PC" shift. Others weaved more elaborate models revolving around Moore’s law or even changing aesthetics.

๐ŸŒ€ While these factors may have played a part in the implosion of PC sales, a chart published by analyst firm Asymco leaves us with no doubt as to what Device catalyzed the catastrophe… the iPad.

๐ŸŽ Since the iPad launch on April 10, 2010, worldwide PC shipments have been in a freefall, with year-on-year Percentage Growth that was once in strong Positive double-digit territory, now having nose-dived quite alarmingly, into Negative double-digit terrain, with no end in sight.

๐ŸŽ As Apple continues to enhance the Power, Operability, and FootPrint of their iPads, the Post-PC Market is here to stay.


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