1Tablet Sales Rise as PC Market Struggles
by Nathan Eddy
2Tablet Shipments Continue to Grow
Tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7 percent year-over-year in 2013 to 229.3 million units from 144.5 million units last year, according to IDC.
3Consumers Moving to Smaller Screen Sizes
Smaller-form-factor tablets in the 7-inch range, led by Android devices and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, exploded to overtake the larger-sized segment in terms of total shipments, IDC said.
4Falling Prices Spur Demand for Tablets
In 2013, the worldwide average selling prices (ASPs) for tablets is expected to decline 10.8 percent to $381. IDC expects prices to fall further.
5Tablet Sales to Soon Eclipse Entire PC Market
IDC expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015.
6PC Sales Continue to Decline
Global PC shipments are now expected to fall 7.8 percent in 2013, as users consider alternatives, such as delaying a PC purchase or using tablets and smartphones for more of their computing needs, according to IDC.
7Transition to Windows 8 Affects PC Sales
The IDC report noted vendors are bringing more products to market that are optimized for Windows 8, including more thin, convertible, touch and slate models.
8BYOD Also Having an Impact
The rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives means employees are using their own portable devices rather than a company-owned PC, IDC concluded.
9Adoption in Western Europe Growing Fastest up North
Led by Norway and Sweden, along with the U.K., Western Europe boasted three countries with smartphone penetration among mobile users above 50 percent in 2012, according to eMarketer.
10Japanese Adoption to Pass 50 Percent Next Year
In 2014, more than half the population of Japan is expected to own a smartphone. Australia and South Korea passed that mark in 2012, according to eMarketer.
11Canadian Adoption to Bring North America Past Halfway
Canadian adoption of smartphones is expected to pass 50 percent this year, making half of North American residents smartphone owners, according to eMarketer.