PC sales continue their global decline into a record fifth straight quarter:
The extended slump adds to evidence that PC makers and suppliers are still struggling to lure back consumers that have decided they can get the Internet access and computing they need from cheaper tablets. The industry’s aim of having every person own a PC is no longer realistic, said Loren Loverde, an analyst at Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC.
“Now we’re thinking more conservatively that it’s going to be one tablet per person and one PC per family,” he said. Still, the smaller drop in the U.S. helped spark some optimism that the PC market may do better than some of the most pessimistic forecasts for the year, Loverde said.
There were a few — a very few — who saw this coming years ago.