Tablets have been becoming more and more popular ever since the release of Apple’s original iPad a few years back, and now a forecast from IDC is saying that this could be the year that tablet sales finally surpass that of laptop sales. The forecast is saying that an expected 229.3 million will be shipped this year, while only 144.5 million were shipped last year. Do some quick math and you see that’s a jump of 84.8 million sales year-over-year. Which, in reality, seems to be pretty feasible with the strengthening popularity of the tablet market.
Look further into the forecast by IDC, and you see that it expects tablet sales to completely take over the sales of computers by 2017. That is a lot of tablets, with numbers reaching into the upper 300 millions. Ryan Reith of IDC’s Mobility Trackers explains the reasonings for the forecast:
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 continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.
Apple will always be an integral part of the tablet market, Android tablets are beginning to make a rise. As AppAdvice points out, Apple is usually the ones that get credit for being “at the forefront of the tablet revolution,” however Android tablets of all prices and sizes are beginning to help bolster the market that Apple created. When it comes to the different sizes of tablets, IDC also expects that devices under 8 inches will be the ones to sell the most this year, at a 55% to 43% ratio, respectively. The other 2% goes to 12 inch + tablets.
What do you think? Have you joined the tablet bandwagon? Will you soon? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.