Tablets Sales Could CRASH the PC Sector?
Tablet computers have begun to dominate the lives of people and end the long-standing reign of PCs; this shift from PC’s to tablet computers was kindled by the first release of the iPad in 2010.
According to analysts, 321 million tablets will ship worldwide in 2015. Compared to 256 million tablets that have shipped in 2014, an increase of a whopping 65 million tablets is dazzling and ominous for PC manufacturers. In contrast, 317 million PCs will be shipped in 2015.
Despite the predictions and availability of statistical data. analysts from Gartner believe there will be a small surge in PC usage in 2014 due to large-scale upgrades from Windows XP and other external factors.
Ranjit Atwal, the research director at Gartner, explains: “After declining 9.5 percent in 2013, the global PC market is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014.”
Tablet sales are predicted to slow down in 2014 due to a lower demand in tablets with smaller screens. However, the boost in sales in tablets predicted to take place in 2015 will likely be due to lower prices rather than sophisticated functionality.
Moreover, mobile phones sales will reach an all time high to 1.9 billion devices in 2014, a 3.1% increase since 2013. Gartner believes, 88% of all global mobile phone sales by 2018 will consist of smartphone sales.
Furthermore, Gartner concludes that Android and iOS are the driving force behind tablets and smartphone sales with an increase of 30% and 15% respectively in 2014. Windows phones are also likely to grow in sales with a 10% market share by 2018.
However, my personal take is PC sales are not dead yet and that tablets are being used by those who have a PC and a Mac. Of course, less people are buying new PCs, because laptops are also becoming powerful. What’s your take on this?