Every major new computing form factor inevitably spawns punditry claiming that the previous incumbent is 'dead'. Desktop PCs, for example, have been written off regularly ever since notebooks became both powerful and properly portable towards the end of the 1990s. Now tablets and smartphones apparently spell the end for notebooks. And so it goes on. Presumably wearables and cyborg-style embeddables will someday render the smartphone old hat.

Desktop PC shipments have certainly declined in recent years, as sales of portable computers have taken off:

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