Tablets Cut Into PC Sales
In the fourth quarter, global PC shipments dropped 4.9% year-over-year, according to new data from Gartner. The culprit? “Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by cannibalizing PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner, said in the report. “This transformation was triggered by the availability of low-cost tablets in 2012."