Tablets to Outsell PCs by Year’s End
Tablet shipments will exceed PC shipments before the year is out because consumers continue to favor mobile devices over personal computers, according to new research from IDC.
The study was on the worldwide smart connected device market, which includes PCs, tablets, and smartphones. PC shipments are still expected to beat out tablets for the full year, but will fall short of tablets during the fourth quarter. Tablets are expected to outsell PCs overall by 2015.
The overall smart connected device market is expected to grow 10.6 percent in 2013, but that growth will slow to 3.1 percent by 2017 as the market becomes more saturated. The firm predicts that as the market becomes more heavily saturated, low-cost devices will become increasingly important, especially for emerging markets and the education sector.