iPad 2 Responsible For Downward Trend In PC Sales?

When you decide to splash out on a new electronic device, what is at the top of your wish list? It maybe that your phone contract is about to expire so you dream of the latest smartphones from the likes of Apple, Samsung or HTC. But what else is listed right at the top of must have devices?

Well you could say that tablets are the hottest items at the moment. Obviously the introduction of the iPad rocked the world making other manufacturers leap to their drawing boards in order to join the flood of demands for tablets.

This was always going to effect sales of PC’s, and although not classed as being directly responsible, BGR reported on recent market research findings that predicted PC sales dropping to 9.3% in 2011. The figures came from market research specialists Gartner, who originally projected that PC sales would increase by 10.5% for this year.

Its not that consumers are replacing their PC’s with tablet devices, they just seem to be hanging on to their old PC’s for longer. Reuters reported on comments from Ranjit Atwal, research director for Gartner, he said, “Consumer mobile PCs are no longer driving growth, because of sharply declining consumer interest in mini-notebooks.”

He also added, ”Mini-notebook shipments have noticeably contracted over the last several quarters, and this has substantially reduced overall mobile PC unit growth. Media tablets, such as the iPad, have also impacted mobile growth, but more because they have caused consumers to delay new mobile PC purchases rather than directly replacing ageing mobile PCs with media tablets. We believe direct substitution of media tablets for mobile PCs will be minimal.”

Because tablets have the functionality of a PC and allow quick and easy access to the things that you need, like emails and internet access, desire for them will continue to increase. As more tablets hit the market and reductions in price come into effect, could we then see a greater impact on PC sales? Tell us what you think.