LONDON – Global PC shipments, including tablet computers, will be 414 million units in 2011, up 13 percent on 366 million PCs shipped in 2010, according to market research firm IC Insights. The forecast is close to that of Canalys Ltd. which we published Monday (Nov. 28).
IC Insights has also crunched the numbers with tablet computers excluded from the market total, which shows PC unit shipments expected to grow by only a little more than 1 percent in 2011 to 353 million systems compared to 349 million in 2010.
This would mean that touch-screen tablet computer shipments will go from 17 million units in 2010 to 61 million units in 2011, a near quadrupling of the market.
Worldwide PC shipments are up and to the right but tablet computers growth is greater, according to IC Insights.
Tablet computers are fueling the overall portable computer market but have almost killed off the nascent netbook computer, according to IC Insights.
Worldwide purchases of touch-screen tablet computers are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 81 percent over the period 2010 and 2015, while standard notebook PCs – including netbooks – are forecast to grow an annual average rate of slightly more than 7 percent.
In many cases, touch-screen tablets are not completely replacing the home PC, but they are delaying purchases of notebooks and desktop computers.
IC Insights believes about one quarter of the 2011 tablets were bought by consumers in lieu of notebooks, and that percent is expected to grow to about one third in next few years.
I personally make chose to bay an Ipad2 rather than baying new laptop, it let me go to facebook,gmail,skipe,youtupe and more ;) for work task i use my old PC, we are only at the beginning of tablet marked the coming version they will be more sophisticated and more powerful. also android will be more mature as 4.0 comes.
This report is somewhat different from the report titled "PC market lifted by iPad demand, says analyst".
Looking back, I think netbook is not a very good product to begin with. It is like a regular laptop but less powerful. It aims at simple tasks such as web browser, movie watching and occasional word processing. The first 2 tasks can be accomplished through a tablet. Yet, word processing and working on spreadsheet are still somewhat a challenge on a tablet. It doesn't mean working on a netbook would be a lot easier. That's the reason I believe network wasn't designed correctly. However, it does open up a low cost computer market, allowing less fortunate students to have access to personal computer. There is no doubt netbook market will continue shrinking for various reason. Will it totally disappear from the market? Well! Only future can tell.
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