IDC on Tablets: Smaller Cheaper Computers Win in 2013

“Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them. IDC continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.

While Apple has been at the forefront of the tablet revolution, the current market expansion has been increasingly fueled by low-cost Android devices. In 2013, the worldwide average selling price (ASP) for tablets is expected to decline -10.8% to $381. In comparison, the ASP of a PC in 2013 is nearly double that at $635. IDC expects tablet prices to decline further, which will allow vendors to deliver a viable computing experience into the hands of many more people at price points the PC industry has strived to meet for years.”

via IDC Forecasts Worldwide Tablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PC Shipments in 2013, Total PC Shipments in 2015.

There it is. One of the greatest observers of the era of the legacy PC now accepts its retirement from the forefront of IT especially on retail shelves. With that goes the domination of Wintel over consumers who now have choice. Unlike IDC, I see choice coming to business PCs sooner rather than later. Price/performance does matter even if portability does not. Businesses may well use more tablets but they will certainly use less of M$’s useless OS. Businesses may not care so much about price/performance but they do care about their competitors gaining an advantage in IT by using */Linux and FLOSS.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to IDC on Tablets: Smaller Cheaper Computers Win in 2013

  1. George Hostler says:

    Robert Pogson: Amen. The situation is great for GNU/Linux too.

    The Google Chrome OS notebooks are going now for about $250 US, for a nominally 12 inches diagonal screen. One can get an Android tablet for under $150 US. This is a far cry from the costs of yesteryear, and no doubt due to the lower cost of Gnu/FOSS.

  2. Economist: “Microsoft has reinforced suspicions that it does not understand hand-held devices while simultaneously alienating its core PC users. It is possible that Microsoft will be able to solve this problem with future iterations of Windows 8. But it is looking likely that the two types of device need different operating systems. Microsoft’s biggest rival, Apple, has kept the two devices separate. That bodes ill for Mr Ballmer’s strategy.”

    Amen. The situation is great for GNU/Linux too.

  3. dougman says:

    M$ is becoming irrelevant today. When I was in BestBuy, the majority of floor space was dedicated to Samsung tablets and phones running Android.

    Today I read this:

    Windows 8 is only the beginning of Microsoft’s problems.

    Last week I read this:

    See where this is going?

  4. ram says:

    This is why Intel is manufacturing those Linux compatible NUC boxen. Small, quiet, and economical — designed from the ground up for Linux. One suspects Intel may know something about the industry 😉

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