Gartner predicts tablet to overtake traditional PC
The information technology research and advisory company Gartner has published its market forecast report in which it says sales of tablets will overtake those of traditional PCs in 2015.
In the report Gartner presents information showing the current shape of the global computer market, including shipment figures from 2013, and its shipment predictions for this and the following year.
Comparing sales of traditional PCs, it says shipments will decrease from 276 million units this year to 262 million in 2015.
Whereas for sales of tablets, it says shipments will increase from 256 million units this year to 321 million in 2015.
Traditional PC shipments relatively strong
Even though traditional PC sales are declining, Gartner says that the shipment figures are higher than may have been expected, and that certain factors have contributed to a "relative revival of the global PC market".
The research director at Gartner, Ranjit Atwal said:
"Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe.
"This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets."
Yet mobile to be the future?
The predictions by Gartner add greater weight to claims earlier this year that users will navigate the net using mobile devices, of which tablets are a form.
In June, technology firm Cicsco published a report in which it says traffic from wireless devices will exceed that of wired devices by 2018.
Gartner says sales of smartphones are expected to reach 1.9 billion units this year.
Adrian Mursec, head of development at theEword said: "It can hardly be a surprise that we are spending less time on PCs and more time on mobile devices.
"From that isolated clunky box computer, to that sleek model inbuilt into a monitor, and to the interconnected and multifunctional devices available today, we're seeing constant progression. And businesses must adapt to the shift."