A new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that tablet shipments will surpass portable PC shipments by the end of 2013, and eclipse the entire PC market by 2015.
The WorldWide Quarterly Tablet Tracker predicts that tablet sales will increase by 58.7 percent in 2013, with 229.3 million units sold by the end of the year compared to just 144.5 million units shipped in 2012. Meanwhile, PC sales continue to slump, and are expected to see negative growth for the second year in a row. IDC also found in early January that tablet sales jumped 75 percent during the holiday season while PC sales slumped 6.4 percent.
“Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them,” explained IDC mobility tracker Ryan Reith. “PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.”
IDC’s report also reveals another trend: tablets are getting smaller. In 2011, 73 percent of the market was controlled by devices with screens ranging from eight to 11 inches like the iPad or Galaxy Tab. Meanwhile, just 27 percent of the market was made up of tablets with screens measuring under eight inches. By the end of the year, smaller devices are projected to control a majority of the tablet market.