Best Argument: No
The terms will change
Zack Whittaker: Post-PC world. Pah, I say. I'm not a sore loser, honestly. The post-PC world clearly is among us and Microsoft's break into the Windows tablet market will only solidify this era.
There's a side to this Mr. Perlow likely hasn't considered. Forget numbers. Forget layoffs. PCs aren't dead yet, and even if they are, the term is so entrenched in every-day life, we cannot afford to kill it off completely.
Forget whether PC makers will survive in a "post PC world". The terms will change. When Apple rolled out a "4G-capable" iPad, it was met with extreme criticism after it was found it would not connect to a 4G LTE network outside North America. Apple promptly went to court to try and change the name of "3G" to "4G" in a bid to comply.
This is likely what'll happen with the PC market. There won't be -- ergo, PC makers will survive in a "post-PC world". Because the gap between PCs and tablets will converge so far the two will be synonymous.
The hard truth
Jason Perlow: Just over eight months ago, Zack and I were were both standing here on our virtual podiums debating whether "Post-PC" was actually real or if it was bunk. In the end, while Zack put up a good fight that the PC would never die, the arguments favored that the Post-PC world was upon us.
Eight months later, two giant PC manufacturers are in dire straits -- Hewlett-Packard recently announced laying off over 27,000 employees and Dell's Q1 2012 earnings have been weak across the board in their Consumer, Public Sector and Enterprise divisions.
Apple, on the other hand, is doing magnificently, with their products accounting for over 22.5 percent of mobile PC shipments globally in the first quarter of 2012, 80 percent of that being their own Post-PC iPad tablet, with 17 million mobile PC units shipped, according to NPD Displaysearch.
The hard truth is facing us -- traditional PC purchases are slowing down dramatically. Unless you are cultivating a strong business in tablet computers and smartphones as well (such as Lenovo) it's going to be a very uncomfortable ride in the next few years for the PC manufacturers.