Tablet sales to exceed notebook sales this year

Further evidence that consumers are fast abandoning notebooks and desktop PCs in favor of other gadgets was provided Tuesday by International Data Corporation.

The research outfit reported that for the first time, tablet shipments this year should exceed notebook shipments, “as the slumping PC market is expected to see negative growth for the second consecutive year.”

Moreover, IDC forecast tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market, including notebooks and desktop devices, by 2015.

“Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them,” IDC concluded.

Although PCs should remain popular among business users, IDC predicted, PC shipments are expected to drop by 7.8 percent this year.

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