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IDC: Wearables, phablets affecting tablet sales

Posted: 02 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IDC  tablet  phablets  wearable 

IDC has lowered its tablet shipment forecast to 22.74 crore units for the year, down from its previous forecast of 22.93 crore. However, tablet sales this year will still be 57.7 per cent higher that 2012 shipments.

Despite the slight reduction for this year, the market will continue to grow at a rapid pace and by 2017 IDC expects worldwide shipments to be nearly 407 million units, said the market research firm.

"A lower than anticipated second quarter, hampered by a lack of major product announcements, means the second half of the year now becomes even more critical for a tablet market that has traditionally seen its highest shipment volume occur during the holiday season," said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets.

While mature markets such as North America and Western Europe have driven much of the tablet market's growth to date, IDC expects shipment growth to begin to slow in these markets. Market saturation, increased adoption of smartphones with 5-inch and greater screens, and the eventual growth of the wearable category will impact tablet growth in all regions, but are likely to impact mature regions first.

As a result, IDC now expects the mature market (comprised of North America, Western Europe, and Japan) to shrink from 60.8 per cent of the worldwide market in 2012 to 49 per cent by 2017. As a result, emerging markets (comprised broadly of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) will grow from 39.2 per cent in 2012 to 51 per cent in 2017.

"Year-on-year growth is beginning to slow as the tablet market approaches early stages of maturity," said Jitesh Ubrani, Research Analyst for the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Much of the long-term growth will be driven by countries like China where projected growth rates will be consistently higher than the worldwide average."

A secondary trend in the tablet market is the rise of tablets in the commercial segment. Education projects and adoption in vertical markets such as retail are contributing factors as this segment is set to slowly double from the 10 per cent share it held in 2012 to 20 per centby 2017, IDC added.

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