People who used to buy HP Walmart desktops are moving to mobile because that's all they need.
I'm always somewhat annoyed when the entire PC market gets lumped together and "journalists" who only report on phones and tablets immediately go: "PC is dying".
Like one of the analysts quoted in this article who said this:
While the PC market remains weak
Last I checked the market is huge and the only thing in decline are actually the garbage, low profit margin, cheap desktops and laptops that people used to buy.
However High end desktop, data center, AIO, etc. are on the rise. Take intel for example:
Intel's desktop CPU shipments are growing. In the fourth quarter of 2013, she noted, Intel desktop CPU shipments rose 7% over the same quarter the year before
That growth is led by key segments of the desktop market—and yes, finally, someone is talking about the fact that the desktop PC space involves many different types of systems that don't always have a lot to do with one another. The growing segments include all-in-ones (like the iMac), mini PCs, and—what do you know?—high-end desktops. Graff said mini PCs like the NUC and Gigabyte's Brix went from essentially zero to over one million units shipped last year. High-end desktops also broke records. Core i5 and i7 unit shipments reached an all-time high in 2013.
I mean analysts are supposed to actually give an analysis of the market for people who don't want to do the research themselves. But all analysts I see writing online do no actual in-depth analysis of the market. They just look at the sales numbers for everything from servers, gaming desktops, office PCs, HTPCs, laptops, netbooks etc. lump them together and then say that PC in general is weak and dying. I just can't wrap my head around how that's supposed to be good analysis of the market.