Young people live in the “now.” One of the benefits of getting older is that we have an opportunity to remember the way it was a decade or five ago. So as I was sitting in church last week I noticed again how many people carried a tablet or iPad instead of a Bible. It’s not the first time I noticed that but I was reminded of it when I read the about tablet shipments on the First Trust Market Watch “Factoids” column for the week.
Tablet shipments are expected to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC believes tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs in 2013. It sees shipments growing 58.7% (y-o-y) to 229.3 million units this year. The average selling price for a tablet is expected to decline 10.8% to $381 in 2013. The average price of a PC is expected to be $635. One change in the marketplace garnering attention is the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach at work. IDC reports that close to 25% of employees in organizations larger than 10 people claim to have purchased the primary PC they use for work. This phenomenon also extends to smartphones and tablets.
I’m sure that a few decades from now, when the teens of today are the elderly of tomorrow, they will remember the good old days of tablets as their data is projected directly to their eyeballs.