Once happily riding the latest technology wave, tablet sales are beginning to slow down as consumers turn to smartphones with bigger screens and wearable computing devices.
That’s the conclusion of a new report out from International Data Corporation, which tracks tablet sales.
It expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 227.4 million units in 2013, down from a previous forecast of 229.3 million. However, that’s still 57.7% above 2012 shipments and IDC expects the tablet market will continue to grow, hitting 407 million shipments by 2017.
“A lower than anticipated second quarter, hampered by a lack of major product announcements, means the second half of the year now becomes even more critical for a tablet market that has traditionally seen its highest shipment volume occur during the holiday season,” said Tom Mainelli, IDC’s tablet research director.
Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group