At Current Pace, Tablets Will Outsell PCs By Q2 2014


The PC market is in poor health, and consumers love tablets. When do those two trends cross? No prediction is perfect, but given simple trend analysis, it appears that by the second quarter of 2014, tablets will likely outsell the PC market.

That said, current market dynamics could accelerate, pushing us over that mark a bit sooner. Let’s get into the figures to untangle just where we stand.

The Next Web’s Emil Protalinksi broke down the most recent tablet sales figures, using data served by Strategy Analytics. The rough picture is that in the second quarter of 2012, according to the firm’s analysis, 51.7 million tablets were shipped globally. That figure is up from 36.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.

How does that compare to the vanilla PC market? As was reported at the time, second-quarter PC shipments totaled around 76 million units. Other estimates had…

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