Tablets to Outsell PCs in Two Years: Report

Tablet shipments will outspace PC shipments by 2015, a new study from IDC forecasts.

IDC expects tablet shipments to surge 59% to 230 million units in 2013, while PC sales are anticipated to decline nearly 8%.

“What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor,” says Ryan Reith, Program Manager for IDC’s Mobility Trackers. “Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.”

“IDC continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users,” continues Reith. “But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.”

By 2017, IDC says that only 333 million PCs will be sold worldwide, the same year that tablet shipments will reach 410 million.