http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...aw-success-cuts-into-pc-sales-at-hp-dell.html Apple's iPad 'buzz saw' cuts into Windows PC sales Wednesday, May 18, 2011 · 12:37 pm The iPad is wreaking havoc on the personal-computer market, Aaron Ricadela and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg. Hewlett-Packard Co. consumer PC sales plunged 23 percent last quarter, and the company lopped $1 billion off its annual sales forecast, Ricadela and Bass report. And while rival Dell Inc. beat analysts estimates because of corporate demand, its sales to consumers slumped 7.5 percent. Ricadela and Bass report, More than 70 million tablets like the Apple Inc. iPad will be sold in 2011, a total that will balloon to 246 million in three years, Jefferies & Co. said yesterday. Youre walking into a buzz saw, Jane Snorek, a senior research analyst at Nuveen Asset Management in Milwaukee, said of the iPad. Her firm manages more than $200 billion in assets. The tablet is going to replace at least the home computer. Apples revolutionary iPad has siphoned off more PC sales than analysts and executives predicted, Ricadela and Bass report. The PC market, by contrast, declined last quarter. Global shipments fell 3.2 percent, hurt in part because some consumers bought tablets instead, [versus Apple Mac sales which were up 9.6%] research firm IDC reported last month The success of the iPad, along with the iPhone and new versions of the Mac, helped Apple supplant Microsoft as the worlds most valuable technology company last year. ------------------------------------------ Post-PC era, folks. I've got an early '08 MBP, 15-inch, 4GB RAM. It's been seeing *a lot less* use since I received my iPad 2 last week. I've since transferred a good portion of my hard drive's contents to it. Download a nice VNC app like Screens or iTeleport (which works beautifully) and you barely need to be in front of your "computer." The writing's on the wall. The tablet (and by that I mean the only actually viable one, the iPad) is still not a full-blown replacement, especially if you need to use industry-specific software or heavy photo managers like Aperture, but it's getting so close it's scary.