LONDON – The total PC market, excluding tablet computers, will grow 11.8 percent in 2011 to reach 350.2 million units, according to DRAMexchange, a market research subsidiary of Trendforce Corp.
However, since its launch in April 2010 more than 7.5 million iPads have shipped and the tablet PC market will more than double to reach 51.3 million units in 2011, heavily cannibalizing the netbook computer market. Meanwhile Notebook unit growth will continue at a stronger rate than desktop computer shipments, DRAMexchange predicts.
The desktop computer market will increase 6.1 percent in 2011 to 127 million units, while the notebook (netbook included) market will increase to 15.4 percent to 222.7 million units The netbook market is set to decline 2 percent to 32.6 million units in 2011.
Where is this headed? What will happen 10 years from now? No more new desktop systems or even laptops? Almost all will carry around these iPad-like devices - that have cameras, that have pico projectors integrated, possibly have several medical/lifestyle apps included, that will have sophisticated authentication (iris scan etc)? Or, perhaps people will start having these devices implanted in them, so they don't have to carry anything at all!! Devices that will use your own senses to capture information, perhaps?
51.3 m! Out of which Apple expects themselves to sell around 40 m units(Foxconn is building a plant for manufacturing iPad with 40m capcity per year) So everyone else put together sells 10-20 m? Why am i getting a feeling that the tablet market projections are overrated?
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