The world is entering into a new age, a new paradigm where PC will make way to sleeker and more portable tablets. According to new data from Gartner, Worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2013. The story really takes off with the projection that indicates that the market for desktops and laptops is expected to decline 7.6 percent. The market is expected to decline further more, for 4 years, while, the tablet sales are expected to rise by 69.8 percent.
"While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement.
"As consumers shift their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones, they will no longer see their PC as a device that they need to replace on a regular basis." She adds.
By 2017, tablet shipments are projected to reach 468 million units, overtaking PC sales of 272 million .
"Lower prices, form factor variety, cloud update and consumers' addiction to apps will be the key drivers in the tablet market," Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.
The paradigm shift is expected to hit both developed and developing markets, equally. Meanwhile, mobile phone shipments are expected to reach 1.88 billion units this year, out of which 1 billion units will be smartphones. Yes, indeed smartphones will be in a league of its own