Worldwide tablet market to grow 38 percent, PCs continue decline - Gartner

Worldwide tablet market to grow 38 percent, PCs continue decline - Gartner

Summary: The adoption of tablets has been largely concentrated in the US, but will start to grow faster in markets outside North America.


A new report from Gartner reaffirms the massive reach and saturation level enjoyed by consumer electronic devices. Gartner's latest numbers project worldwide combined shipments of devices (meaning PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) to reach 2.5 billion units this year, a nearly 7 percent increase over 2013.

Tablets clock in with the biggest year-over-year increase. The worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 38.6 percent as overall adoption continues to grow faster in markets outside North America. In contrast, shipments of traditional PCs are expected to see a 6.6 percent decline from 2013.

Mobile phones, the largest segmet of the overall device market, are expected to reach 1.9 billion units in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from 2013. This year's growth is projected to come from the lower end of the premium phone market and the higher end of the basic phone market. 

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On the OS side of the equation, Gartner reports that Apple's iOS tablet growth has slowed as its replacement cycle stalled. And while Google is still tasked with expanding Android's footprint, the Internet giant is on target to sell more than one billion devices during 2014.

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Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Tablets, PCs

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  • I think PCs will fall even more than gartner says

    they generally get the numbers wrong.

    The PCs just finished an upgrade cycle and businesses will not upgrade so soon. PCs are being bought mostly by businesses. I would expect to see sales well under 260 million and with any luck, < 250 million.
  • Decline in iPads

    What is startling is the decline in iPad shipment growth. It makes sense why desktops are shrinking, by why if tablets are increasing is iPad shipments slowing? This has to be very troubling to Apple.
    • Which is why they're building a watch

      the next "one more thing" to carry them the next few years via upgrade cycles.
      • Moto 360

        I was expecting Apple to be the big winners in the watch category after seeing the fugly Google Gear mess but then comes along the Moto 360 and Google's Android Wear.

        We will have to see what comes out of I/O this year but so far what I have seen, if delivered, looks very good. I think Google Glass, even if not a successful product, has helped pave the way for this along with Google Now.
        Rann Xeroxx
  • AIO Desktop Computers still popular....

    Granted Tablets maintain a steady growth in the market however there are severe limitations as to what can be done with a small screen. The 11" MacBook Air for example although a fine Notebook unless connected to an exterior display is severely impeded productivity wise. The same applies to all Tablets of any platform.

    Tower and Display Desktop Computers are most certainly on the decline which have held similar form for years all the way back to the old Beige Boxes. However AIO Desktop Computer sales are as healthy as ever with excellent products from various manufacturers being available. Personally I recommend the iMac which is available in 21.5" and 27" however Dell make an excellent product if OS X is not for you.

    Another interesting AIO product is the LG Chromebase if the user is mostly performing web based tasks which I is the major drawback with Chrome OS but I am not getting in to that argument again.
  • The "report" is not a report of facts. It's a set of predictions,

    which means that, they're not the same as "expectations". With a market as volatile as technology, especially when it comes to PCs/tablets/smartphones, predictions can be way off.

    Nobody should ever take predictions as "facts". Gartner is not putting out "facts".

    With tablets sales having slowed down in the last couple of years, chances are that, a lot of the people who were interested, are no longer as interested, and they're not going to be replacing what they have to continue supporting the "growth" of tablets. It's the same thing that's been occurring with smartphones, where they have reached relative maturity and people are no longer interested on the latest-and-greatest, since what they currently have is good enough to last them more than 2-3 years.

    BTW, when providing a link to a web-site, make sure it's a link that doesn't require opening up a new membership. What Gartner produces isn't worth me having to become a member.
  • The "fortune tellers" that Gartner is:
  • Categories

    The problem with a lot of these stats is how the categories are parsed out. An example are these $50 dirt cheap Android tablets. No way in the world are these content creation devices. Now outside of business, most people do not need to be creating content but every once in a while they do. The chances of someone doing their taxes on a 8" tablet is very small. Yet this is lump in there as part of the decline of the PC when in reality people buying these already have a PC or these are going to their kids.

    Then there are tablets like the Dell Venue Pro 8. Is it lumped in there with table sales or PC sales? You can plug it into a KVM and use it like a PC. Even bigger tablets like the Venue 11, what are they?

    How about ChromeBooks? Are these clamshell devices denoted as PCs or what?
    Rann Xeroxx