Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Laptops & Tablets
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
The Post-PC Era of Tablets Has Arrived, Says NPD

The Post-PC Era of Tablets Has Arrived, Says NPD
By Barry Levine

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Tablets have quickly become more PC-like, with a range of applications and, for some, an easy ability to attach a keyboard. At the same time, NPD predicts that 2013 will see more tablet-like features coming to many notebook PCs, such as instant-on, all-day battery life, and new form factors. NPD predicts more tablets than notebooks will be sold this year.
 

Related Topics

Tablet
PC
Notebook
iPad
Windows



A new study indicates that we will enter the post-PC era this year. On Tuesday, industry researcher NPD DisplaySearch predicted that global sales this year of tablets will, for the first time, exceed those of notebooks and cross over the 50 percent threshold in the mobile PC market.

In its Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, the company projects that 2013 will see more than 240 million tablets shipped worldwide, besting the estimated 207 million notebook PCs expected in the next 12 months. In 2012, tablet shipments exceeded notebooks in North America and China for the first time. NPD considers tablets and PCs to be in the same category, and, in fact, often describes tablets as "tablet PCs."

NPD noted that, although the tablet category has been dominated by Apple's iPad since its launch in 2010, opportunities for other players will drive shipment growth to a phenomenal 64 percent compared with 2012.

Screen Size Varieties

A key factor in those new opportunities, the report noted, is the new variety of screen sizes, notably tablets with sizes that are smaller than the 9.7 inches of the original iPad. In fact, the report sees tablets with 7 to 8 inches as accounting for 45 percent of the market this year, with the 9.7 inch size taking only about 17 percent market share.

Another driver of growth for tablets, as it has been for smartphones and notebook PCs, is increased sales in emerging markets. Key among these new markets is China, which NPD projects will have 27 percent of the global tablet market this year, with the greatest growth being from Chinese brands.

Tablets have quickly become more PC-like, with a range of applications for most brands and, for some, an easy ability to attach a keyboard. Microsoft's Windows-based Surface tablet, for instance, has promoted its cover-with-keyboard.

At the same time, NPD predicts that 2013 will see more tablet-like features coming to many notebook PCs, such as instant-on, all-day battery life and new form factors, including tablet-notebook hybrids that are just beginning to move into the market.

75 Percent by 2017

Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch, said in a statement that major brands increased investment for tablets in the North American market in the second half of 2012, testing various screen sizes and price points.

"The subsequent increase in shipments and demand underscored the benefits of segmentation in the market as it drove rapid market expansion," he noted, adding that further investment in 2013 will continue to fuel growth.

In fact, NPD sees tablets continuing a steady growth worldwide at least over the next five years, reaching nearly 75 percent of the total market of mobile PC products by 2017.

Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said that this rapid transition to the era of tablet dominance doesn't surprise her, ever since she got over her "initial shock at the millions of iPads" that were sold within the first six months of its release in April 2010.

She pointed out that the screen size diversity includes not only smaller-than-original-iPad sizes, but such variations as the new 27-inch Lenovo tablet unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's intended to be used on a stand as well as flat on a table, DiDio said, adding that it was also large enough to become a Web-based TV screen on the wall.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.


 Laptops & Tablets
1.   Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablet
2.   Acer Desktop Box Rides Chrome Wave
3.   Price Wars Hitting Laptop Market?
4.   New Apple iPad Models on the Way
5.   Surface Pro Ads Aim at MacBook Pro


advertisement
Acer Desktop Box Rides Chrome Wave
Chromebox targets schools, small biz.
Average Rating:
Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablet
Fighting Kindle Fire with new device.
Average Rating:
Acer Chromebook Packed with Power
13-inch screen on under-$300 devices.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Find Malicious Android Apps Can Hack Gmail
A new study shows that a weakness in the Android mobile operating system can be used to steal sensitive, personal info from unwitting users. Gmail proved to be the easiest app to attack; Amazon, the hardest.
 
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
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.
 
Feds OK $2.3 Billion IBM-Lenovo x86 Server Deal
IBM and Lenovo are celebrating U.S. approval of their x86-based server deal, having cleared some major security hurdles. The deal makes Lenovo a major player for enterprise data centers.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
With businesses wanting computing solutions that do more for less money, Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that it says offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Screen Shortage Briefly Puts Brakes on iPhone 6
RAM? Check. Antenna switch? Check. Screen? Oops. Parts suppliers for Apple have found themselves facing a shortage of screens for the new iPhone 6 as next month's release date for the new smartphone looms.
 
Bounty Offered to Coders for Oculus Rift Bugs
Coders who find bugs in software for the Oculus Rift VR immersive headset could receive a reward of at least $500 under Facebook's White Hat bounty program. Facebook acquired Oculus in March.
 
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 

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.