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That is what the sockpuppets on the news have been parroting lately.
Ask your local gamer if he can install 8 high-end video cards on a cell phone. Ask your local manufacturer if they can run their industrial supply line off of an iPad. Ask a movie junkie if it's possible to put a 60 terabyte RAID array in an e-reader.
Some idiots realized all they ever used a computer for was looking at pictures of cats and random clips from Family Guy and replaced it with a mobile device. That does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the PC is dead.
The barebones custom PC is an enemy of Microsoft and Apple and Google because it does not automatically include a license. They are more than likely paying people to say these things.
I am actually pleasantly surprised that I can still walk in to a computer store and buy a plain ATX motherboard or other generic parts. In the 80's and early 90's it was the budget computer enthusiast driving this market. It is mainly the "gamers" who are keeping this market alive today. I had honestly thought for a while that that pre-built desktop manufactures would have eliminated the market for this sort of thing. Like myself, gamers nitpick over the quality and ability of individual components. And sometimes the desired parts are not found in common prebuilt desktops. They also lack the ability to rapidly interchange or upgrade components without replacing the entire system.
I will go on to speculate that you MIGHT see some real convergence in the future. A large, touch-capable monitor could be mounted at a low angle on a desk so that it could be used as both an input and a reading surface. In that case, it literally becomes the desktop agian. The main problem with this approach is it usually requires "integration" with the furniture. --- Power Stroke Diesel
The death of the PC is predicted every year, just like the end of the world is, but we're all still here. The PC won't die until people stop wanting to own one, which won't happen until something better comes along, and that something, it it comes along at all, isn't going to be a tablet or anything else that doesn't offer the advantages of a desktop PC. --- "PCs don't catch viruses or malware. Stupid users do." - The Cranky Hermit. For all things N64: http://z9.invisionfree.com/Nintendo_64_Forever/