This should surprise exactly no one, but Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yuanqing Yang doesn’t like the term “Post-PC Era”. We suspect his views might be slightly influenced by his role as head honcho of the world’s 2nd largest PC manufacturer by volume, but that’s just a hunch.
In an interview with Reuters, Yang claims "We don't live in a post-PC world, we are entering the PC plus era." He further clarified by saying that the only companies who truly believe we are in a post-pc era are the ones that have stopped innovating with PCs. "In our industry many players think PCs have become a commodity product," he said. "We have never thought this way."
When people say that we're living in a post PC era, they're typically only looking at sales of mainstream, prebuilt systems -- the HP, Dell and Lenovo "PCs in a box" that grace the shelves of your local retailers. Those numbers, however, fail to take component sales and custom builds into consideration. (Sacrilege!) Now, a new report highlights just what we're missing by omitting component sales: Jon Peddie Research, a prominent research firm, says that PC gaming hardware sales will hit $23.6 billion -- that's "billion," with a "B" -- in sales by the end of the year.
Lest there be any doubt about how we feel about the so-called post PC era, Maximum PC Deputy Editor, Gordon Mah Ung, set the record straight several months ago. At the time, he (rightly) pointed out that traditional PCs (read: not iPads) still sell, a point that many pundits choose to ignore. Plain and simple, the numbers don't lie, and according to International Data Corporation (IDC), the PC market has once again returned to positive growth.
The PC community has already begun rallying around Gordon’s impassioned “Post PC My Ass” blog post from last week. Galvanized by his trenchant outburst against all the silly post-PC era talk out there, Michael Dell recently rubbished the whole idea of the still ubiquitous PC being on its deathbed in an interview with the Financial Times. However, for some odd reason, Mr Dell neither said what inspired his latest comments - which we strongly believe to be our Senior Editor’s highly affecting piece - nor leave any hints to that effect. Hit the jump for more on this.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the record several years ago describing the modern day desktop as “a truck”, suitable for some, but not practical for the mass market. He went on to define the iPad as the first “post PC device”, and has trumpeted his tablet and iOS platforms as flagship products for this ideology ever since. Microsoft and its partners have listened to mainstream media run with his comments as gospel ever since, but some have finally had enough.