Producers of personal computers like Apple and Microsoft are facing a decline in PC sales for the second year in a row. One report showed worldwide PC shipments falling 5.7 percent during the third quarter of this year. This decline presents a new set of challenges for PC producers. Many claim that doomsday is coming for the PC. These naysayers claim that PCs will be completely replaced by technological advancements in tablets, phones, and gaming systems. PC producers also believe people are less likely to update their PC, opting to hold on to it for a while, or possibly never update at all. Bad news for PCs, but good news for the reduction of e-waste. Companies continue to slash PC prices to boost sales, and some see that as a sign of the end.

But that may not be the case. Declining, yes. But ending? Probably not.

Consumers find value in the regular functions over a PC versus tablets. PC’s continue to get a makeover with the installation of more powerful software to compete with the growing strength lighter portable devices. The International Data Corp. believe the record of declining sales was caused by factors like political uncertainty and weak currencies. Those factors probably played a role in the decline of sales, but there also seems to be a shift in consumer tastes.

The decline does not scream doomsday. Needless to say, most of the population does not particularly care about the decline in PC sales, but it’s an interesting trend. Don’t forget the dedicated users who use PC’s for gaming, editing videos and photos, and creating special effects.  It’s the nature of personal tech to peak and fall. Who knows what technology we can expect in the future? PC sales are slowing, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear end for personal computers in sight. It’ll be a while.