Impact of Tablets on Personal Computers


Personal Computers vs. Tablets

The personal computer is comprised of a large box unit that contains the essential hardware to run the computer with external devices connected to help navigate (i.e. monitor, mouse, keyboard). The personal computer was designed to be used at a desk by one person at a time and hardly ever moved. Notebooks, netbooks, and tablets were introduced to the technology industry and paved the way for portable computers. Although they do not have the same power as desktops, they are still able to run the same applications and software.

A tablet is a touch-sensitive portable flat screen connected to a small computer. Tablets usually do not have external devices connected to them but offer virtual ones through the software. They are portable and convenient but cannot run desktop applications like notebooks and netbooks.


Decline of Personal Computers

The first personal computer was introduced in 1975 and came as a kit, called the MITS Altair 8800. Companies quickly caught up in the market, creating the IMSAI 8080 and the Apple I a year later. Throughout the 70s and 80s, more desktop computers were inveted that turned the personal computer into useful business tools. Since the internet was created, it made personal computing even more attractive.

The decline of the personal computer rose as smartphones and tablets entered the market. With the ability to connect to the worldwide web via cellular connection or wi-fi, these two devices outshined laptops as well. The personal computer is no longer being used as an educative tool in the classroom due to the tablet's ease of use and portability. Laptop and desktop sales fell close to 10% in 2013 and have continued to descend. Worldwide shiptments from personal computing vendors have declined as of Q1 in 2017. Regardless of the decline, competition continues to increase among the top PC companies to stay in the market.