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IDC predicts tablet sales will surpass desktops and notebooks by 2014

Tablets experienced 78% year-over-year growth in 2012 and are expected to surpass laptops in sales by 2014.

PC sales have been down across the board, as evidenced by Windows 8's less than assuring numbers, and tablets have been forced to shoulder the load and help grow the market. Once deemed a novelty by many, tablets have proven that they're here to stay, and the latest numbers further support that.

According to the latest data from research firm IDC, tablets experienced a year-over-year (YOY) growth of 78.4%, exceeding over 128 million shipments in 2012. The firm also predicts that tablet shipments will surpass desktops in 2013 and notebooks in 2014, with an expected high of 190 million units and a YOY growth of 48.7%. These numbers come as part of $576.9 billion in smart connected device sales in 2012, which include over 1 billion PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Unfortunately, the outlook for the PC market isn't as rosy, with a 5.5% drop anticipated for desktops and a 3.1% drop for notebooks. The firm also expects increased pressure on the PC market, forcing companies into longer replacement cycles and in turn, further decreasing sales. Of course, it will have to be to be seen whether advances in portability and performance can salvage the PC market, but as it stands companies are going to have to rely on tablets to keep things going.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-03-27 (Update: 2013-03-27)