As much as Apple lets on that they are the only ones who know how to make a tablet PC, according to Digitimes, “In the third quarter of 2013, global tablet shipments reached 35.68 million units, up 15.3% sequentially and 34.6% on year, driven mainly by non-iPad tablet shipments, which reached 20.08 million units, up 22.9% from the previous quarter and accounting for 56.3% of the total volume, according to Digitimes Research’s latest figures.”
According to DisplaySearch, “Overall global tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 255 million units in 2013, capturing nearly 60 percent of the mobile PC market. The once-dominant standard notebook PC segment is forecast to fall to 160 million units, making up just 36 percent of the mobile PC market. Shipments of ultra-slim PCs are expected to reach 19 million units, or 4 percent of mobile PCs, according to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report.”
While shipments of notebooks are falling, “As for Chromebooks, Digitimes Research expects the devices to have a chance to reach three million units in 2014 and account for 5% of total notebook shipments in 2015. However, the devices’ shipment growth will be contributed mostly by demand for replacements for conventional Windows- or Linux-based notebooks.”
see Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments expected to drop almost 7% in 2014
Good. The world has seen more than enough monopoly in IT. Both M$ and Apple are being cut back down to size in 2013.