Tablets to Outsell PCs Worldwide by 2015
Almost four years have passed since the first iPad went on sale in April 2010.
Back then, not even the keenest optimists could have predicted the impact of the device that was then mocked as an oversized iPod Touch.
Tablets have changed the way we interact with media, the way we shop and, in many cases, replaced the PC as our primary computing device. As tablets and smartphones have become powerful enough to handle virtually any computing task thrown at them, the workplace is probably the last stronghold of the traditional PC.
PC shipments have recently declined significantly and according to IDC’s latest forecast the industry will stagnate for years to come. In 2013, tablets outshipped laptop PCs for the first time and by 2015 they are expected to outship PCs overall for the first time as our chart nicely illustrates.
- Projected unit shipments of tablets worldwide from 2010 to 2019 (in million units)
Global tablet shipments forecast 2010-2019
- Worldwide tablet shipments from 2nd quarter 2010 to 4th quarter 2014 (in million units)
Worldwide tablet shipments 2010-2014, by quarter
- Global tablet shipments from 2010 to 2014, by operating system (in million units)
Global tablet shipments by operating system per quarter 2010-2014
- Forecast: tablet PC sales in the United States 2010-2016Forecast: tablet PC sales in the United States 2010-2016
- Desktop PCs market share of operating systems 2012-2015Desktop PCs market share of operating systems 2012-2015
- Forecast: global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs 2010-2019Forecast: global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs 2010-2019
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