Gartner, the technology research specialist, predicts that the popularity of tablets would touch new heights in the times to come . Although firm on his prediction, Gartner adds that the worldwide PC shipments will grow by 13.6 per cent in 2012 to 440.6 million units, but these figures are a cut-down from an earlier estimated growth of 14.8 per cent.
A bitter tablet?
Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who met with analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. last week, said that tablet sales will eventually surpass those of personal computers. The growth, he added, will come mostly at the expense of netbooks, a category of smaller and inexpensive laptops that can handle basic tasks like Web surfing and e-mail.
PCs too, are being increasingly considered inadequate as compared to the latest technology available. New PCs launched in the second quarter will have more competition . This, in addition to the battery life of each of the products has become the bone of contention.
It now remains to be a 'wait and watch' scenario as consumer behavior is gauged.