Gartner forecasts tablets at 19.5 million units in 2010, 54.8 million units in 2011
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Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company recently released a report labelled the “Connected Mobile Consumer Electronics” report, forecasting worldwide sales of Media Tablets at an all-time high. Heralding a new era of mobile computing, spearheaded by tablets majorly - the report predicts a largely bullish trend in the category of Media tablet sales.
According to their research the “Connected Mobile Consumer Electronics” report sees the media tablet category growing by up to 181% next year. The report seems largely optimistic while projecting worldwide sales of tablets touching 19.5 million units in 2010, and further growing to 54.8 million units in 2011. Apple is singlehandedly said to dominate the market in 2010 with a humongous 80% of the market share under its belt. Industry experts further aggressively predict that Apple is on track to sell somewhere between 11-13 million iPads this year alone and doubling that figure for next year iPads alone will ship between 22-26 million.
Pc’s today have come off age and will soon be turning vestigial owing to tablets eating into their market space. Well this holds true as of today with tablets moving faster than PC’s which have turned passé, and the trend is sure to continue. In fact Intel and AMD’s CEO’s have already come public and said that tablets have actually had an impact on PC sales. Well this is fact enough to signal this shift. Reiterating the same belief, experts at IDC forecast PC shipments to be lower by somewhere between 10-15% next year due to tablets or “media tablets.”
PC sales have long been hampered by smaller form-factors now, starting with the advent of the netbooks back in 2007, and now the Tablets. As we continue to move towards a nano world, there should be a time not very far when smartphones and Tablet form-factors will eventually merge. Desktops surely have not seen the worse yet.