A new report from IDC indicates that the PC market could be in serious trouble. The future is likely to be considerably brighter for tablet manufacturers.
According to a new report from IDC, an analytics firm based outside of Boston, worldwide tablet shipments in 2013 will likely hit 229.3 million units – a 59 percent increase from last year. In a separate report, IDC predicted that PC shipments would fall 7.8 percent this year, and continue to shrink substantially in the years ahead.
In fact, IDC believes that by the end of 2013, tablet sales will surpass laptop sales globally.
"Many users are realizing that everyday computing, such as accessing the Web, connecting to social media, sending emails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage," IDC exec Loren Loverde said in a statement. "Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces."