29 Nov '11, 8am

Tablets eat into PC sales

The sharp upswing in tablet sales is undercutting growth of standard PCs, says IC Insights, while the look and feel of tablets, along with slick marketing campaigns by Apple and competitors, has convinced a growing number of consumers to buy touch-screen systems of new standard notebooks. The tablet market will grow 81% CAGR between 2010 and 2015, says IC Insights. Gartner and IDC confirm the trend for tablets to undercut PCs saying that, last month, PC sales grew 3.2% to 92m units compared to a forecast of 5.1% while Forrester researcgh says Apple may sell 20m iPads in Q4. In 2011, total personal computer units (including tablets) is forecast to climb to 414m systems worldwide, which would be a 13% increase over 366m in 2010. However, if tablet computers are excluded from the market total, PC unit shipments are expected to grow by only a little more than 1% in 2011 to 353...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/29/11/2011/5240...

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