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IDC: Tablets to surpass PCs by 2015

Posted: 30 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:International Data Corporation  PC market  Windows 8  tablet  Apple 

Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has warned that the global PC market will continue to decline, as consumers are increasingly considering tablets or smartphones for their computing needs.

IDC’s new forecast claims that the PC shipments will fall by 7.8 per cent this year. “In place of a limited decline of 1.3 per cent in 2013 followed by a gradual increase in volume, the new outlook calls for a more substantial decline of 7.8 per cent in 2013 and 1.2 per cent in 2014 with shipment volume reaching only 33.30 crore in 2017 – still below the 34.90 crore shipped in 2012 and a peak of more than 36.30 crore shipped in 2011,” reported IDC.

The updated forecast reflects the significant drop in volume during the first quarter of 2013 as well as the transitions happening in PC design as vendors bring products to market that are optimised for Windows 8, including more thin, convertible, touch, and slate models.

IDC expects to see some replacements happen in 2014, particularly in the commercial segment as support for Windows XP expires. However, the commercial market has been conservative with replacements, focusing on individual systems more than large upgrade projects. In addition, workers at many companies already have portable PCs with adequate configurations. The motivation to buy a new system due to falling prices or to switch from a desktop to a portable PC is contributing less to market growth than it did in the past.

Tablet to overtake PCs

According to IDC, tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7 per cent in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 14.45 crore units last year. The research firm predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year, as the slumping PC market is expected to see negative growth for the second consecutive year.

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