Apple’s Win: Beginning of the End for PC’s?

You’ve probably heard that Apple won their big copyright infringement suit against Samsung. Their victory was, in fact, overwhelming—but how did it change the current tech landscape?

We feel like the verdict made Google sweat, but they seem to think that they’ll be fine since most of the claims  “don’t relate to the core Android operating system.” And while Samsung will have to make some big changes in key product lines (especially as they begin new rollouts), they’ve labeled the financial losses “manageable.”

So who were the biggest losers? Dell and Hewlett-Packard, the world’s top producers of personal computers.

While these two former heavyweights weren’t directly involved in the case, its conclusions only served to re-emphasize how quickly they’re falling from their former perches atop the tech heap. The message: The iPhone, tablets and touch-based computing are the future, while traditional PCs are a fast-fading thing of the past. Color us shocked!

Both companies are reportedly trying to compensate by making a splash in the worlds of cloud-based computing and data storage. And they’re taking baby steps: Meg Whitman, HP CEO, failed gubernatorial candidate and sometime Mitt Romney fan, says that the company is “still in the early stages of a turnaround,” which means that things aren’t looking too good.

Let’s not get too caught up in tech world gossip: The vast majority of businesses and private individuals still buy Windows-based PCs, and sales remain relatively stable (which is really the root of the problem, but you get that). So tell us: Is HP no longer relevant? Is Dell a done deal? Are they on their last legs, or will they survive and rebound as discount brands?