Consumer PC sales have never really been affected, always standing strong undeterred by poor software or economical conditions.
But that’s until we introduce a little something called the iPad.
And boom. Since it’s launch in April 2010, the iPad, and the subsequent tablet rush, has a caused a massive rumble in the sales of consumer PCs, as depicted in the remarkable chart below. With growth touching 37% in March, it all comes crashing down to 24% in June 2010, to 10% in September 2010, to -4% in March 2011.
With even more tablets hitting the market, each more powerful and capable than the other, the situation for consumer PC sales is unlikely to change. Unless Microsoft borrows some of the Apple magic and does some things.