With IDC reporting the single biggest quarterly decline in PC shipments since they began tracking such data in 1994, it's beginning to look like the the downward slope is more like a cliff.
IDC says PC shipments for Q1 2013 were down by 14%, far far more than their earlier prediction of 7.7%.
It's not that people haven't noticed that smartphones and tablets are replacing PCs on desks and in livingrooms, it's that they're surprised by just how fast it's happening.
I've been in technology for over 25 years and one thing I've learned is you can't overestimate how quickly a new technology can replace an older one.
BYOD is not only here to stay, but within a very short time it may be the dominant business paradigm. I see more and more business travelers on airplanes using their iPad or Nexus instead of a heavy laptop. And who can open up their laptop on those crowded seats anymore anyway? Why not carry a tablet, and if you need to do a lot of email, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse? Leave the PC at the office.
Samsung has just announced PhoneZilla: a Galaxy with a 6 inch screen. Add a BT keyboard and mouse, hook up your HDMI monitor with their MHL adaptor, and you've got a desktop computing device. What's missing? Hard disk? Google Drive. Local store? MicroSD. Processing speed? Already there. Apps? Hey, it's a 'droid. Does that ThinkPad still seem so absolutely unreplaceable?
Of course, because the ThinkPad has security, right? Have you heard about Knox?