11 Aug Are Smartphones and Tablets Announcing the Demise of the PC?
When in 2007 the first iPhone got released, nobody, except Steve Jobs, could foresee the impact it had on the worldwide marketplace of computing and handheld devices. Then the iPad arrived and all the tablets, Android and the whole market exploded. Interestingly enough, at that time a slowdown of PC sales was noticeable, even before the first iPhone was sold. The reason was that the technology hit a maximum of capacity that was required by regular consumers. Yes, there were still gamers, who were still loving the PC, but most people started rather using some form of mobile PC – for instance at that time the so-called internet PCs and EEE notebooks by ASUS were gaining on popularity.
The development of tablets finally reached the stage where even elaborate games can be played on a tablet. Granted, there are still much more powerful games out there, playable with top of the line PC setups and console gaming devices such as the Xbox One – yes, they stole that name from HTC – and PlayStation 4 and similar. But processor manufacturers did encounter a sharp drop on sales and Intel started manufacturing chipsets that can be used in handheld devices – the Intel Atom, but AMD managed to get into gaming consoles and has built the processors for Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U.
After this entire ruckus, gaming started enjoying increased popularity and gaming enthusiasts are returning back to the PC as their main platform. While people still use all possible computer setups and operating systems in order to do everything from writing letters to surfing the internet, gamers want only the best available gear in order to play the most elaborate games on the utmost quality level. For this very reason the demise of the PC is still not forthcoming and will most likely not be happening any time soon. Additionally the whole smartphone and tablet market started moving into a completely different direction, creating a niche of their own, leaving the PC behind to continue the, albeit slower, but still advancing development.