Ultra Mobile PCs will take the slow lane to critical mass, according to a study by ABI Research.
In a report, ABI is projecting that the UMPC market will ship 4.68 million units in 2012. Considering the iPhone shipped 1 million units in 74 days UMPC adoption seems downright glacial.
However, if UMPCs are lumped in with mobile Internet devices (MIDs) the picture is much more optimistic. ABI estimates shipments of both categories will approach 95 million units by 2012.
ABI defines a UMPC as a device that runs Windows and business applications primarily targeted at corporate types. MIDs include a broad category that targets consumers and will most likely run Linux. Both categories will use multiple technologies to connect to the Internet. Apple's iPhone and Nokia's N800 are seen as precursors to MIDs, according to ABI.