According to IDC, media tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7 percent year over year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units — that’s up from 144.5 million units last year.
IDC now predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year, as the slumping PC market is expected to see negative growth for the second consecutive year.
Driven by increasing demand worldwide, media tablet shipments continue to surge across the globe, growing 142.4 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2013, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
The strong performance of the two market leaders helped drive total shipments to an impressive 49.2 million units for the quarter.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 1Q13, that’s down by -13.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to IDC.
To put this decline in perspective, this market performance was the worst since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994.
“It seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market,” said Bob O’Donnell, Vice President at IDC.
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The game industry is going through the same digital disruption that music, television and books are going through.
Platforms are opening up to multiple media types. More people watch Netflix now on their Xbox 360 than play games.
The double-digit decline in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2013 reflects a relatively new era of “good enough” computing, according to Fitch Ratings.
The vast majority of mainstream users are increasingly satisfied by media tablets, smartphones and the existing installed base of PCs.
On the commercial side, the good enough PC era is supported by the 40% of the installed base that continues to run Windows XP.
via Fitch Ratings
comScore released data about the key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for the three month average period ending February 2013.
133.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones — 57 percent mobile market penetration — that’s up by 8 percent since November 2012.
Last year was very troublesome for the video gaming console vendors.
After shipping over 3 million Wii U units during the 2012 holiday season, Nintendo’s next generation console is now facing a challenging market.
2012 saw just under 30 million game consoles shipped from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony (excluding PS2) — that’s roughly 10 million fewer than the previous year.
As anticipated, performance of the personal computer (PC) market in 2013 is in line with earlier forecasts — following the significant trends of last year — with a few exceptions.
According to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), their assessment reveals slower than expected growth in China during the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13).
March should recover somewhat in China, but not enough to offset the weak February results.
A surge of smaller and lower-priced media tablets has led International Data Corporation (IDC) to increase its 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 190.9 million — that’s up from its previous forecast of 172.4 million units.
Increases in tablet shipments have been made throughout the forecast period with an average increase of 11 percent between 2013 and 2016.
The latest IDC forecast estimates tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017.
Despite the intense industry efforts to overcome market inertia, 2012 nonetheless ended badly — with global PC shipment volume shrinking 3.7 percent, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation IDC.
With dramatically lower than forecast adoption of Windows 8 during the 2012 holiday season, and continued pressure from low-cost media tablets, IDC now expects PC shipments to decline further by 1.3 percent in 2013.