Why Read This
While personal computer penetration has reached a nearly ubiquitous 86% of US homes, the nature of the PC is changing for consumers. Laptops make up an ever-increasing part of the PC market compared with desktops. Laptops are more often personalized devices that map to individual consumers instead of to an entire household. Gen Y consumers lead the move toward personalized laptops, with more than half now having a laptop. Apple has benefited from the laptop trend; it has increased its penetration over time, particularly among Gen Yers. And Gen Yers are using these personalized laptops to manage very personalized content — photo, music, and videos — at a higher rate than older consumer segments.