Tablets Begin to Hit PC Sales
Global PC shipments are beginning to decline, and research firm iSuppli says the rise of the iPad and other tablet computers is part of the reason why.
According to iSuppli numbers released this week, worldwide shipments of PCs declined 0.3 percent in the first quarter. Acer, which is largely in the netbook space, bore the brunt of the pain from the change.
"The increasing momentum of the media tablet market, led by the iPad, is creating a difficult environment for the PC industry,” Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at IHS, said as part of the announcement. “All the attention surrounding tablets contributed to weak consumer demand for PCs in the first quarter.”