The beginning of the end for PCs

Tablet computing is on the rise and if last quater's PC shipments are anything to go by, the impact of the iPad is becoming abundantly clear

In terms of units Windows-based computers made up 78 per cent of all PCs sold in Q1. That was an increase from the 74 per cent in the previous quarter but a decline from 90 per cent a year ago. OS X based computers were about 3.7 per cent, a decline in share both quarter on quarter and year on year, something the company attributed to a transition quarter.

The following chart shows the composition of vendor volumes with tablet and traditional form factor computers included:

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