Tablet PCs, such as Apple?s iPad, are expected to be the
growth driver for the mobile PC market over the next few
Tablets are expected to overtake notebook PCs by 2016 as
consumers shift to newer devices like the Apple iPad, a
survey by research firm NPD said.
Overall mobile PC shipments including tablets will grow
from 347 million in 2012 to over 809 million by 2017.
Notebook PC shipments are expected to increase from 208
million in 2012 to 393 million by 2017, but tablet
shipments are expected to grow from 121 million to 416
million in the same period.
A key driver for tablet growth is adoption in North
America, Japan and Western Europe, which will account for
66 percent of shipments in 2012 and remain in the 60
percent range throughout the next few years, NPD said.
"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,"
said Richard Shim, analyst at NPD.
In its most recent quarterly survey on mobile devices, NPD
said in May that Apple's iPad had 62.8 percent of the
tablet market, with Samsung a distant second at 7.5
Since then Google said it would sell its own branded tablet
while Microsoft introduced a tablet that converts to a
notebook, to be on sale later this year.