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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  • RedRum

    Unfortunately, tablets aren’t an option for me. I’m one of those people who use a PC for work, not just as a toy.

  • Doug Pearson

    It appears to me that there is a related trend that is having a synergistic effect here: Cloud computing. The one area where laptop and desktop computers still have an edge is in their internal computing and data storage capacity. When “there’s an app for that” on a tablet, it appears to me that the app is likely to be a link between the tablet and the cloud, where the main computing and data storage resides. Such links work just as well for laptops and desktops, of course, but their users’ mindsets seem to lean toward self-contained apps, whereas tablet users seem to be happier with cloud computing.

  • Dermbuilder

    I suspect that the growth of tablets is mostly among consumers whose computing needs are very modest. Anyone who does any serious word processing like me, or who likes to watch DVD movies on their computer, or who used it to digitize 10,000 family photos, could never get by with anything as limited as a tablet. I seem to remember reading that sales of tablets is begining to plateau. Which I take it to mean that most of those who can get by with just a tablet have already bought one.

    There is one other thing to consider which I think most of those doing the compiling of these statistics haven’t considered, computers are becoming a “mature technology”, that is, they are no longer rapidly becoming faster, more powerful, gaining in storage capacity etc. So the computers of the last few years are no longer rapidly becoming obsolete as has been the case for the previous 25 years. Therefore the only reason to replace the computer you have now is that it over 5 years old, or is physically wearing out, or has actually failed.

  • Tablets are still over rated I think, without high quality software as found on a PC and without the processing power needed for more heavy programs I the tablet is still a gadget and not a PC replacer.