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2012 May See a Halt in PC Growth, says Analyst

by Brandon Russell | December 26, 2011December 26, 2011 10:01 am PDT

Stop SignIt’s been an incredibly fruitful year for tablet and smartphones devices. We saw the iPad 2, Kindle Fire, Droid Razr, Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S, among many, many others. Somewhere along the road, though, PCs kind of fell by the wayside, leaving analysts to beg the question: Will the PC sector stop growing in 2012?

Forbes Magazine contemplated this question, citing Barclays Capital analysts Ben Reitzes after he trimmed his 2011 PC unit forecast from 3.4% to 2.2%. Reitzes downgraded his numbers because of hard-disk drive shortages, lower demand as a result of the weakened economy and the growing popularity of tablets.

Heading into the new year, Reitzes sees companies moving toward bringing a more PC-like experience to the tablet market, essentially stunting PC growth. Currently, Apple offers its iWork suite of applications on the iPad and iPad 2, and the company has even brought over version of its iMovie and GarageBand software. Microsoft is working on a similar approach with its upcoming windows software, although it’s meant for both PCs and tablets.

“The tablet and smartphone markets could continue to cannibalize the PC market – especially as docking options become more robust,” Reitzes said.

There is still a market to be had, Reitzes admitted, saying the arrival of Windows 8 could spark a small 2012 revival along with the trend of wafer-thin notebooks. Just don’t expect a huge gain, if at all.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...