Market research firm IDC is reporting that they expect to see tablet shipments outnumber total PC shipments in the next quarter (Q4, 2013) and on an annual basis by 2015. According to IDC, Q4 tablet shipments will reach 84.10 million units, outpacing expected PC shipments of 83.10 million units.
On the yearly basis, a total of 227.3 million tablets units are expected to ship this year, which will account for 14.6 per cent of the smart connected device market (PCs, tablets, and smartphones). The IDC report also mentions that the overall smart connected device market will grow 27.8% year over year in 2013 to 1.5 billion units, slightly lower than the 30.3% growth in 2012, mainly because of poor PC sales.
In addition, the IDC report notes that smartphones will continue to ship in large numbers, surpassing 1.4 billion units in 2015 and a majority of these shipments will come from sub-$350 smartphones.