New survey shows most people can't do without a PC

There's no doubt that Apple's iPad tablet is a high selling product and many people have already predicted that the rise of tablets means the death of the traditional desktop or notebook PC. While that might happen someday, it seems that at the moment most people still like and want some kind of PC around. AllThingsDigital.com reports that in a new survey conducted by Baird Equity Research 83 percent of people said they cannot do without a PC today.

The survey, which recorded the opinions of 1,114 people, said that only 6 percent of people can do without a PC right now with another 11 percent saying they could see working without a PC in the future. Once more, 73 percent of people surveyed who have bought or will buy a tablet device said they still cannot do without a PC. The same survey also shows that the iPad remains the number one tablet with a whopping 93 percent of tablet users saying they own an iPad. 94.5 percent of people who want a tablet will buy an iPad and 98 percent of iPad owners surveyed said they would buy another iPad.

This new info seems to indicate that, at least at the moment, the PC industry isn't in danger of disappearing anytime soon. However the article points out that the tablet is still in its early stages and later versions which can do more of the duties of the PC might be considered more of a threat to the PC industry.

 

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i need a pc to do some serious post count whoring in multiple forums....

consuming RSS to a bunch of sites too....

Once the Windows ultrabook market gets really going, that's the end of Macbook Air's dominance. Personally I'm waiting for the Asus UX21.

I use all these devices, a PC, an iPad, a MacBook... And it depends on what you do with computers.

For example, creating MS Excel complex tables on a PC performs miles away better than the same software on a Mac, and not even mentioning it's impossible to create one on an IPad (ie with Numbers...).

Don't get me wrong, but all of these serve a purpose, and for mainstream personal or business usage they all serve a good purpose.

acseven said,
I use all these devices, a PC, an iPad, a MacBook... And it depends on what you do with computers.

For example, creating MS Excel complex tables on a PC performs miles away better than the same software on a Mac, and not even mentioning it's impossible to create one on an IPad (ie with Numbers...).

Don't get me wrong, but all of these serve a purpose, and for mainstream personal or business usage they all serve a good purpose.

+1
Tablet is more for amusement, it is not a desktop replacement.

How many people out of that 1114 surveyed actually own a tablet though?
I know very few people that actually have a tablet. The people I do know personally that have a tablet are all Apple fanbois (I don't know anyone personally, that owns a tablet other than iPad).

I hate these surveys, because percentages don't show numbers. 98% could be 49 from a total of 50 people. Very far from the 1114 surveyed.

Of course there're a lot of people whose needs are filled with tablets and some other portable devices, but I don't think laptops and desktops are going to dissapear any time soon. Market is just getting balanced around all the available technology today

Desktop and notebook computers won't be going anywhere. Like they said netbooks would kill the notebook market, wrong. No point making judgement calls when it's obvious that natural interface can't replace the keyboard and mouse/trackpad any time in the foreseeable future.

It's like saying skype would kill off phone lines.

i cant live with out my pcs no way im normally using a laptop and a pc at the same time with a smart phone and a server ..... and that just for personal interests ... dont even get me started about when im working... a tablet will only be usful to me for small calm days of lectures, travel/holidays and when out and about..... due to the sheer ammount of processing power needed and hard drive space a pc will win every time just tablets are now convient travel items

What a surprise (not). There's only so much you can do with a tablet. But seriously, I'll probably be alive to see the day that all these products merge into a pocket device which has the computing power of a desktop PC, pair this with holographic or whatever displays and all these strains of portable/non-portable devices will nicely converge.

Interesting statistic that 98% of iPad owners saying they would buy another iPad. That is some really high customer satisfaction. iSheep statements aside, that's pretty impressive.

Shadrack said,
Interesting statistic that 98% of iPad owners saying they would buy another iPad. That is some really high customer satisfaction. iSheep statements aside, that's pretty impressive.

I have personally always granted Apple the ability to innovate, package, sell and support often not so innovative technology. Gotta give them that. And frankly they are still one of the few companies who do engineering to fit a potential or present need and demand. It's incredible how many companies stil design and build software and expect people to adapt to the software rather than the other way around.

Breach said,

I have personally always granted Apple the ability to innovate, package, sell and support often not so innovative technology. Gotta give them that. And frankly they are still one of the few companies who do engineering to fit a potential or present need and demand. It's incredible how many companies stil design and build software and expect people to adapt to the software rather than the other way around.

The iPad is simple enough for Grandpa to use, but has enough capabilities for power users like myself. F.e., using the Remote App to initiate AirPlay from my iMac to power speakers.

Xenosion said,
This just in! Surveys have no credibility, are irrelevant, and often inaccurate!

Yeh but, do you really doubt the results of this one? I mean c'mon, tablets will probably be here to stay, and provide some serious competition for the general PC, but can you really see the PC dissapearing any time soon?

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

no... PC means anything that isn't a "portable device"

so an HP laptop DM1 is not a pc? its just over a pound

De.Bug said,
PC = Windows?

WOW, this series of replies makes me sad, PC = Personal Computer, a Mac is a PC, a laptop is a PC, i guess, a tablet is technically also a PC.

I for one would like to know what nobhead has fried peoples brains to make them think PC = Windows.

Lachlan said,

so an HP laptop DM1 is not a pc? its just over a pound


Blimey, that's cheap! A new laptop for little more than a quid!

(-;

Ironman273 said,
I think "can't" is a pretty strong word here. "Won't" is probably more accurate.

I for one can't, without a PC, i sleep my entire free time