For the first time in 10 years, the PC market will go into decline. The cause? The rise in popularity and sheer numbers of tablets.
Apple recently announced the release of the iPad mini, followed a few days later by the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini. Both the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are set for launch before Christmas this year.
With so many tablets flooding the marketplace, is it any wonder PCs are being left on the wayside? The market for personal computers is due to contract by 1.2 per cent. PC shipments have fallen from 353 million in 2011 to an estimated 349 million this year. It is the first time since the 2001 dot-com bust that the PC market has been in decline.
In July 2011, just 11 per cent of American adults had a tablet. In January 2012, this figure was up to 18 per cent, and most recently in August 2012, the number of tablet-owning American adults was sitting at a comfortable 25 per cent.
With Christmas right around the corner, and a wealth of tablets to choose from, this number is only set to rise.
*Figures from HIS iSuppli report.