Tablets up PCs down & they could crossover in Q4 this year

IDC in the last couple of days have released updated forecasts for both PC and Tablet shipments for 2013 with projections going out as far as 2017.

They now forecast, on an annual basis, that tablets will overtake PC shipments in 2015. We still think, it is just possible, on a quarterly basis that Q4 2013 tablet shipments could surpass PCs.

Due to the significant historical seasonality of tablet sales it looks as if both tablet & PC shipments could be around the 80 million level in the last quarter of the year.

We shall see … in about 8 – 9 months time!

Another rather fascinating estimate has been produced by IDC of the move to 7 inch tablets. We must admit to being fans ourselves and therefore are not surprised. As they point out it is the speed of  change which is truly remarkable.

“ … another major shift in the tablet market has occurred around screen sizes. Apple’s first generation iPad, which included a 9.7-inch display, was perceived by many as the sweet spot for tablets. That is, until 7-inch Android-based tablets began to gain traction in the market. Apple responded with the iPad mini in the fourth quarter of 2012, and in the space of two quarters the sub-8-inch category exploded to overtake the larger-sized segment in terms of total shipments.”

We will leave you with our favourite chartists Tablet/ PC crossover depiction!


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