Sony jumps the PC ship
— By Kirsten Korosec on February 6, 2014, 12:12 PM PST
Sony getting out of the PC business? Who will notice?
Nice try at spinning the Apple sales figures, but, the reality is that, Apple still sold "only" about 4 million "PCs" in the last quarter, which is very far from the 19.5% of the total PC sales. Combining tablets with PCs is a way to spin Apple into more favorable territory, but, when it comes to "actual" PCs, Apple is still not doing so hot, although on a per-device profit margin, it's doing quite well.
Hardware has become too much of a commodity business for Sony, which today sees itself as more of a media company. There was a time when there was a big difference between an "average" TV and a Sony Trinitron TV, which was considered the gold standard. But for years now, even the cheapest HD TV likely delivers a picture that is indistinguishable from Sony's offerings. So it that they're dropping everything except the professional and pro-sumer level is not a surprise. Same goes for computer hardware.