The types of computers that people buy is changing. Sales of tablets are surging even as interest in more traditional computers wanes, according to a report from IDC.
[click to view image]According to this market-analysis company, sales of desktop PCs declined 4.1% in 2012, while laptop sales were down 3.4%. However, tablet shipments enjoyed tremendous year-over-year growth, up 78% over 2011.
"Smartphones and tablets are growing at a pace that PCs and laptops can't realistically keep up with because of device prices and to some extent disposability," explained Ryan Reith, program manager, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers at IDC.
Still a Way to Go
In 2012, there were 128 million tablets shipped, up from 72 million the previous year.
While tablets are closing in on its rivals, there is still some catching up to do. IDC says there were 202 million laptops shipped in last year, and 148 million desktops.
Still, another category of mobile computer topped all of these put together -- there were 722 million smartphones shipped in 2012.
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