When the year 2016 hits, the notebook may not be as popular as you would think. Sales are expected to sink as the evolution of the tablet begins. A prediction by NPD DisplaySearch believes from 2012 to 2017 the total tablet shipments will grow from 121 million to 416 million. The notebook in that same span is predicted to grow from the current 208 million to 393 million.
The tablet market is currently led by Apple iPad. In 2012 alone the tablet will account for over 60 percent of the whole market. As time grows consumers will have more of a choice between tablet companies, and the iPad will decrease in ownership among all tablets. But keep in mind the market is also expanding, so the iPad could see more sales, but won’t necessarily be worth the 60 percent it is currently.
“While the lines between tablet and notebook PCs are blurring, we expect mature markets to be the primary regions for tablet PC adoption. New entrants are tending to launch their initial products in mature markets. Services and infrastructure needed to create compelling new usage models are often better established in mature markets,” says Richard Shim, the senior analyst at DisplaySearch.
Do you think Tablets will really take over Notebooks by 2017?