Shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PC shipments in the next 18 months, an event that may signify the end of the PC-centric era, according to market research firm IDC.
It may be seen as a historic shift, but it is one that tells more about the development of a new mobile and tablet computing market than the decline of an older PC market. Shipments of personal computers will continue to increase even as they are surpassed by other devices.
IDC says worldwide shipments this year of app-enabled devices, which include smartphones and media tablets such as the iPad, will reach 284 million. In 2011, makers will ship 377 million of these devices, and in 2012, the number will reach 462 million shipments, exceeding PC shipments.
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