It’s just the beginning of what can be termed as a new era of computing. An era that will witness the rise of the tablet PCs in a manner that could soon eclipse the netbooks or the traditional desktop PCs, a fact that is also bourn out in the findings of Forrester Research that is predicting sales of tablets to zoom past netbooks as early as by 2012 itself. And as far as dethroning the Desktop PCs, tablets are likely to take a bit longer, a 2015 timeline is being pegged for that to happen. These along with many such interesting facts and figures that aims to capture the shift in consumer preferences in the computing arena was brought out at the Untethered conference held today in New York City.
Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps opines that the sales figure for tablets is likely to be 3.5 million for this year before climbing out to a whooping 20.4 millions in 2015. Sales of desktop PCs during the same time is likely to drop down to 15.7 million units in 2015 from the current 18.7 million units in 2010. It will be interesting to note that it is the Apple’s iPad that is currently dominating the tablet scene almost entirely and has already found takers for 2 million iPads. Also at the current rate at which the iPads are flowing out of stores, it alone can account for more than the projected 3.5 million tablet sales that is being predicted for 2010. And if the iPad continues to be picked up at this rate than it might go on to sell more than 20 million units by 2015. This, unless other tablets comes on to the scene and makes a dent at Apple’s share in the tablet PC segment.
About the PC market as a whole, Sarah revealed that sale of tablet PCs is likely to account for 18 percent of the overall PC sales in 2012, a 3 times growth from the current 6 percent for this year. Sale of netbooks is estimated to contribute 17 percent to the overall sale of PCs. More number of tablets than desktop PCs is projected to be sold in 2013 when the tablet’s share in the overall PC sales will be around 21 percent followed by 20 percent share of desktop PCs. The figure will rise further to 23 percent for tablet PCs by 2015 while the same for desktop PCs will come down to 18 percent during the same period. Laptops though will continue to out sell everything else and will account for a 42 percent market share by 2015.
Forrester Research has further said the findings are applicable to the market in the US and are an indication of the net unit sold and is not a reflection of the total revenues earned by the sale of the PC units. However, the most impressive aspect of the findings is that sale of tablet PCs will account for more than the sale of any other form of computer in just five years from their entering the scene in a big way. The number of tablet PC users is likely to reach an astounding 59 million by 2015 while devices like the tablets and e-readers will continue to make further in-roads world wide.
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