Apple’s Steve Jobs has proclaimed that we are living in a “post-PC world”, now controlled by tablets and cloud-based services.
Laptops still make up 70 percent of computers sold on eBay, although that’s down from 80 percent in 2010.
Last May – before Apple’s iPad was released in the UK – tablets and eReaders made up only 3 percent of eBay UK’s computer sales. A year later that figure is now up to 15 percent, with eBay reporting one tablet sold every three minutes.
It would be expected, of course, that second-hand tablet sales would pick up along with the market, especially with the release of the updated iPad 2.
Jobs has also compared PCs to "trucks" – useful when the US was an agrarian society, but largely obsolete as people moved to urban areas. Likewise, he suggested, computing needs are evolving away from the PC.