Analysts Extremely Bullish on Tablets and iPad 2

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Just days after the unveiling of the Apple iPad 2, analysts and researchers alike have announced that tablets may have PCs on the ropes.

Industry analyst firm Gartner has released revised forecasts and have predicted that PC sales will be down this year and next, with sales being snatched away by the success of tablets. Gartner has stated that it believes the iPad and other “media tablets” will take away sales from consumer notebooks and netbooks, which have been driving PC sales for the past few years. Though the PC sales have grown by 40 percent each year for the past five years, at this point, consumers would apparently have to buy a second or third laptop just to keep those sales on the rise.

Rather than purchasing another laptop, Gartner believes that many consumers will opt for a tablet, instead; their laptops will become longer-term machines while they turn to tablets as their main mobile devices.

“Overall, we now expect home mobile PCs to average less than 10 percent annual growth in mature markets from 2011 through 2015,” Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner, told IT Pro.

Gartner thinks that PCs may not suffer as much in the business and enterprise markets, however, predicting that their sales will still see double-digit growth in the next year. But despite the slightly more positive predictions from the analyst firm about PC success in business markets, the fact remains that many CIOs are interested in incorporating tablets into their organizations in 2011.

Investment researchers Goldman Sachs recently conducted a survey in which just over two-thirds of the CIO respondents said that they expect their enterprises to adopt tablets in 2011, a faster adoption curve than many investors expect, according to Sachs. The statistic was supplemented by Goldman Sachs stating that it expected 60.1 million tablets to sell this year and 80.3 million next year, but that was with the understanding that consumer-oriented users were the “initial addressable market.”

When accounting for corporate buying, it said, those predictions could go up, which would be especially good news for Apple. Goldman Sachs says that Apple is the leading tablet member (while still gaining momentum) and has been trying to get its foot in the enterprise door for some time now.

Source: IT Pro

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