(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Tablet sales have continued to steadily increase since the launch of the iPad in 2010, and by next year, tablet shipments will surpass PC sales for the first time, according to analysts from technology research firm Gartner.
In 2015, researchers predict that worldwide tablet shipments will increase to 321 million units, up from 256 million in 2014, with PC sales only hitting 317 million, reports The Telegraph.
Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal says that the PC market will receive a “relative revival” in 2014 as businesses upgrade from Windows XP.
“2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market,” said Atwal. “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.”
In 2014, tablet sales will see a “relative slowdown” of demand for smaller screens as high demands for “phablets” in Asia continue to increase, continues the report.
“The next wave of adoption will be driven by lower price points rather than superior functionality,” added Atwal.
Mobile phones sales are expected to see a 3.1% increase by the end of 2014, reaching 1.9 billion shipments. By 2018, researchers predict that smartphones sales will reach 88% of the “global mobile phone” sales.