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Technology predictions 2013

The PC is not dead: it's about usage not units


Technology predictions from the TMT Predictions 2013 series

For 2013, we expect increased challenges for standard passwords, and the PC will remain a dominant device, as measured by usage rather than just units, while one fifth of businesses will support a 'bring your own device' (BYOD) policy that extends to personal computers.

Deloitte predicts that in 2013, more than 80 percent of Internet traffic measured in bits will continue to come from traditional desktop and laptop personal computers. In addition, more than 70 percent of the hours we spend on computing devices (PCs, smartphones and tablets) will be on a PC. 

A note from the authors 

There will likely be almost 1.6 billion PCs in use in 2013, up from 1.4 billion in 20104 . The installed base of tablets will be about a quarter of a billion in 2013, and the base of smartphones whose data capability is used on a regular basis will be more than 1.5 billion.

Why has the PC endured and why is it continuing to endure? The simple reason is that although PCs, tablets and smartphones all have processors, memory, storage, connectivity and user interfaces, each form factor has a unique mix of these attributes that makes it better suited to certain tasks.

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