Information Technology News Today - NPD’s DisplaySearch has just released their latest predictions, finding tablet sales could more than double by 2017, laptops are outselling six to one. The report also found the 2013 will be just the kickoff to the whole trend, marking the first year more people buy tablets instead of laptop PCs. All told, the study suggests Find Display tablet from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and others will grow by 67 percent this year, amounting to 256.5 million. Come 2017, the tablet could reach as high as 579.4 million, as shipments decreased by ten percent laptops 203300000-183300000.
This report believes it is a touch-enabled device that will actually boost sales. Although laptop shipments are expected to continually decline, those laptops with touch capability is expected to grow by 48 percent from year to year. This laptop is more than likely going to slim, ultrabook PC and MacBook Airs, each of which use Intel processors. DisplaySearch also expect the ultra-slim laptop to account for 80 percent of all laptop sales by 2017.
The star of the mobile devices is still a tablet, however, and the report claims that the tablet is made by small companies will be responsible for driving growth ini.kata Information Technology News Today
“The mobile PC industry is undergoing significant change this year,” said Richard Shim said in a statement. Shim is a senior analyst with the NPD’s DisplaySearch group.
“The rise rapidly and the formation of a white box tablet PC (tablet made by small local brands, especially in China) is putting pressure on traditional notebook PCs.’s Cheap tablets reach further into developing regions where the notebook PC penetration rate remains low, so cannibalization by tablet PCs. ”
DisplaySearch claims White Box tablets accounted for a third of tablet sales last year and will continue at this pace for “several years.”
The International Data Company (or IDC) released their quarterly results for 1Q13 last week and found Microsoft’s tablet effort has pushed them to the top of the tablet produces five list for the first time. Although their surface offerings help companies compete Redmond longtime leader of Apple and Samsung, the Windows 8 operating system they do not help push sales of laptops in the last quarter. IDC also noted this in April in a report that found the sale of laptops has reached its lowest point since 2006.
According to DisplaySearch report today, customers will start to buy a laptop again when they become cheaper and available in different form factors, including convertibles, laptop and tablet hybrid, and even a slider model.
“So far, Windows 8 has had limited impact on driving adoption of touch in notebook PCs, because of the lack of applications requiring high cost of touch and touch on a notebook PC,” Shim said in a statement.
“The form factor aimed at the differentiation of a standard clamshell notebook will help to drive consumer adoption of touch-enabled notebook PC, starting in the second half of 2013.”
This is just the latest round of bad news and a laptop PC has received this year. If the company’s research is correct (and there is no reason to think that they are not true) PC makers have a long road ahead of them if they plan to increase sales to the previous level.
According to the latest DisplaySearch report, the future clearly belongs to the tablet.
The Future Belongs To Tablets
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