With mobile devices continuing to gain further worldwide presence in the technology market, a fresh prediction on the market suggests that sales of tablet computers could soon overtake those of ‘portable PC’ by the end of the current year.
The bold claim, compiled by the IDC (International Data Corporation), suggests that tablet sales could by 2015 have surpassed those of ‘the entire PC market’, with a respective rise and fall of the respective formats expected to continue.
Statistically, it is believed that by the end of 2013, 229 million units of tablet computers will have been sold, representing a 58.7% ‘year-over-year increase’ for the market. It is believed by IDC’s analysts that while interest in traditional PCs will remain (in particular for business purposes, tablets such as the Microsoft Windows Surface (pictured) will take centre stage due to being ‘a simple and elegant solution’.
One such researcher, Ryan Reith, noted: “Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about computer devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.”
Jitesh Ubrani, a ‘research analyst’ for the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, summarised: “Apple’s success in the education market has proven that tablets can be used as more than just a content consumption or gaming device. These devices are learning companions, and as tablet prices continue to drop, the dream of having a PC for every child gets replaced with the reality that we can actually provide a tablet for every child.”
While such a ‘dream’ still seems a long way off in some contexts, will the simple but relatively low-powered tablets manage to outperform laptops and highly-powerful (but less portable) PCs in the near future?