Research firm IDC anticipates tablets will outship notebooks this year, and outship the entire PC market by 2015:
IDC now expects tablet shipments to grow nearly 59 percent this year, reaching 229 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year. IDC now predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year. The firm expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market by 2015.
"What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor," said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's mobility trackers, in a statement. "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."