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Bryan M. Wolfe
| October 8, 2013
It Looks Like Steve Jobs Was Right About Living In A 'Post-PC' World
The launch of Apple’s next iPad could help accelerate the move in the corporate world from PCs to tablets. As a result, Deutsche Bank has cut its estimates for PC growth for this year and next, according to CNET. In a note to investors, the company has announced it has reduced its PC shipment forecasts for 2013 and 2014 to negative 10 percent and negative 8 percent year over year, respectively. The bank's previous estimates were negative 7 percent and negative 6 percent. The downgrade is being attributed to Apple’s upcoming launch of the iPad 5, which is likely to include a 64-bit A7 processor. As Deutsche Bank explains:
We...expect growing [desktop] virtualization and iPad deployments in the enterprise to pressure corporate PC sales through 2014-15...We expect AAPL's [Apple's] iPad refresh to include 64 bit architecture, which should enable a greater array of enterprise App development and facilitate greater enterprise penetration over time. In the near term, back to school PC demand appears relatively soft and recent new hardware releases (Haswell) had little impact spurring incremental demand. Furthermore, we believe the corporate upgrade cycle will peak in [second half of calendar year 2013] as corporates complete Win 7 transitions ahead of Microsoft's ending support of XP in early 2014.In 2010, Steve Jobs asserted that we've living in a post-PC world. It looks like his pronouncement remains on track, no? Apple is expected to announce new iPads in the coming days. As usual, we'll keep you updated. For more information, see: Report Says Both The iPad 5 And iPad mini 2 Will Have Improved Cameras, According To A New Video, Apple’s Touch ID Feature Is A Perfect Fit For iPad 5, and Could This Be Apple's Black Bezel, Space Gray iPad 5? Photo: Steve Jobs at D8, AllThingsD