SAN FRANCISCO—PC shipments are expected to increase by 13 percent this year compared to 2010, according to market research firm IC Insights, which includes media tablets in the PC category.
After growing by 19 percent in 2010, PC shipments in 2011 are expected to rise to 402 million units thanks to thanks to the rapid spread of PC sales in developing countries and the consumer market's year-old love affair with tablet-style touch-screen computers, IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said. According to an update to the firm's 2011 Integrated Circuit Market Drivers report, sales of tablet PCs in the mold of Apple's iPad are forecast to grow more than 190 percent to 49 million systems in 2011, IC Insights said.
Other market research firms consider iPad and Android-based media tablets to be a separate category of consumer electronics devices. Market research firm IHS iSuppli said earlier this week that PC sales declined year-over-year in the first quarter, in part because of consumer interest in tablets.
IC Insights said the surge in tablets and a 14 percent increase in sales of standard notebook computers is expected to drive up total portable PC shipments by 23 percent to 250 million systems worldwide this year, following 30 percent growth in 2010. Portable computers are forecast to account for 62 percent of worldwide PC shipments in 2011, compared to 58 percent of the total in 2010 and just 31 percent in 2005. The firm said.