News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / IDC: Tablet Market Growth Slowing
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Tablet Market Growth Is Slowing, IDC Says
Tablet Market Growth Is Slowing, IDC Says
By Seth Fitzgerald / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
AUGUST
29
2013


To many people it seems as though tablets are taking over the world and are bound to make regular PCs obsolete, but analysts at IDC say it may take a bit longer than previously expected. The growth in tablet shipments is forecast to be lower in 2013 than previously expected and to decrease even more in the following year.

The main reason for the change in the industry research firm's forecast is that larger smartphones as well as wearable devices are now expected to encroach on tablet market share. With some smartphones attaining screen sizes of 6 inches or more, they are almost as large as the smaller tablets, such as Google's new Nexus 7.

Going Down, But Not by Much

Although tablet growth will slow in 2013, the changes are not substantial. IDC has lowered its 2013 tablet shipment projections from 229.3 million to 227.4 million. Even with the decrease, overall growth from last year will reach 57 percent. However, the bigger story is whether this is the start of a trend.

"Year-on-year growth is beginning to slow as the tablet market approaches early stages of maturity," said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani.

If IDC is correct, the tablet market is likely going to stop seeing massive sales increases each year.

The new sales forecasts come as a result of a weak second quarter that saw few product announcements, but the main reason for the change is connected to two newer markets, "phablets" and wearable technology.

Phones, Watches and Glasses

Tablets are great because they offer the ability to carry out more significant business or work-related tasks without using a bulkier computer. However, as smartphones become larger and more powerful, the benefit from having both a phone and tablet seems to be diminishing. A general lack of enthusiasm is also to blame for the slowing tablet sales. According to IDC, North America and Western Europe will see a more rapid change since they were the first to receive tablets.

Wearable technology, which some have called the new frontier of tech, is also contributing to the decrease in tablet sales. Since glasses or a watch can enhance the functionality of a smartphone, the power benefit that comes along with tablets is no longer as important.

There may be a major flaw with the IDC report, however. Nearly all the stats referenced in IDC's forecast are centered on iPad sales figures. With Apple selling fewer iPads in Q2 than expected, IDC is changing its projections.

However, a decrease in iPad sales does not necessarily correlate to a decrease in the overall tablet market. Instead, it may simply show that fewer people are interested in the iPad, which is in need of an update.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.