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Tablets may be eating the PC market, but not as much as analysts expected.

Research company IDC lowered its tablet shipments forecast saying the slim, light computing devices are under pressure from large screen smartphones and wearable devices like smart watches. The lack of exciting tablet product launches earlier this year are also to blame.

All this means IDC has revised its forecast of 229 million tablets sold worldwide this year down to 227 million.

It’s not a big drop. Two million is within the margin of error and shipment forecasts do not necessarily equal sales. To put things in perspective, the 2013 forecast is still 50 percent up on 2012 shipments.

Yet, the lower number indicates something is happening.

Worldwide Tablet Market Share by Segment, 2012-2017

year

consumer

commercial

201290%10%
201387%13%
201780%20%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, August 2013

 

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