IDC has come out with a report that suggests that the tablet market will overtake the PC market (which includes both notebooks and desktops) by 2015. Tablet shipments are expected to increase by 45% this year to hit over 330 million in 2015 – which PCs shipping just 323 million that same year.
The firm went on to say that PC shipments may drop by almost 8 percent this year, a huge departure from its earlier projections that the market would grow by 1.2% in 2013.
Disruptive technologies, such as Apple’s iPad, have had a huge impact on PC sales in recent years, as these lower-priced alternatives have completely consumer the lower-end PC market. While tablets generally aren’t at par yet with the functionality found in PCs, can serve as suitable replacements for the tasks for which these less expensive computers were often used, such as web browsing, email, checking in on social media, and more.
Tablets have the advantage of always being with you, if desired, which is a more difficult scenario to imagine for desktops and larger notebooks.
Still, it’s difficult to say if IDC will be right – it’s possible that some yet-again disruptive technology will emerge in the next two years that changes the game; after all, the company predicted PCs to grow yet again this year, only to see the market suffer extreme losses.