Tablets are movin’ on up! The forecast shows tablets will surpass laptops this year and outpace the combined PC market by 2015, according to a report from research firm IDC.
This years tablet sales are expected to rise significantly compared to last years 144.5 million shipments. 229.3 million worldwide is predicted this year. The surge in the tablet market “marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about computer devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them,” stated Ryan Reith of IDC to USA Today
In a mobile society, tablets and other portable devices are more alluring and suit the needs of consumers on the move that were previously addressed by the PC.
Although the tablet rise will be rendered by smaller screened devices, the forecasted growth is just another indication of the PC market struggle to compete with more compact and portable devices. In 2011, tablets sporting screens between 8 and 11 inches controlled a 73% market share, but by 2017, those same devices will drop to 37%.
Meanwhile, tablets with screens under 8 inches will boast 57% market share by 2017, up from 27% two years ago.
Mobile devices for checking e-mail, browsing websites and accessing music and movies are the main sellers now. Tech leaders have been allocating funds to release lower-priced and smaller devices, while still improving storage and battery life as demanded by consumers. Apple is reportedly on the verge of releasing a ‘cheaper’ iPad Mini for everyday computing convenience.
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While tablets may be in the spotlight now, it is only a matter of time before consumers avert their attention to smaller, cheaper devices with more features and longer battery life.