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Published on May 29th, 2013

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PC use drops as Tablet demand grows

The tablet may be the latest product of the tech world, but its success is hindering PC growth. With the growth of tablet devices, there has been a significant decline in the use of PC’s and laptop computers.

According to the market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments of PC computers are expected to drop by nearly 8% this year, and by 2015 tablets will overtake the entire PC market, including both portables and desktop devices.

“What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor,” said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC’s mobile trackers, in a statement. “Tablets surpassing portables in 2013 and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.”

Tablets are expected to grow 59% to 229 million shipped units this year, up from 144.5 million last year. But IDC noted PCs will continue to serve a important role in computing, especially among business users.

Although Apple kicked off the tablet trend, low-cost Android devices have also fueled adoption. Prices of most tablets are expected to decline 10% to $381 this year, making consumers even more eager to make purchases. The tablet market has also ushered in more 7-inch tablets, which cost less, and continue to attract more consumer attention. IDC believes the smaller display devices will eventually surpass the 9.7-inch size first made popular by the iPad.

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