PCs retreat as tablets surge

The journalist's ipadWe all know tablets are wiping the floor with traditional PCs, the latest numbers from IDC show tablet sales have almost caught up with desktops. That’s quite something considering the tablet market didn’t get under way until 2010. It looks like they’ll go past laptop sales in 2013.

 

Smart Connected Device Market by Product Category, Shipments, Market Share, 2012 (shipments in millions) 

Product Category

2012 Unit Shipments

2012 Market Share

2011 Unit Shipments

2011 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

Smartphone

722.4

60.1%

494.5

53.1%

46.1%

Tablet

128.3

10.7%

72.0

7.7%

78.4%

Portable PC

202.0

16.8%

209.1

22.5%

-3.4%

Desktop PC

148.4

12.4%

154.8

16.6%

-4.1%

Total

1201.1

100.0%

930.4

100.0%

29.1%



Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, February 20, 2013.

Mobility Reigns as the Smart Connected Device Market Rises 29.1% in 2012 Driven By Tablet and Smartphone Growth.