According to the latest estimates from Gartner, worldwide devices – the combined shipments of PCs, tablets and mobile phones – are projected to reach 2.35 billion units in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase from 2012. The projection means traditional PC shipments to total 305 million units, decline 10.6 percent in 2013, while tablet shipments increase to 202 million units, up 67.9 percent.
The mobile phone markets will grow 4.3 percent, with volume of more than 1.8 billion units while the PC market including ultramobiles is forecast to decline 7.3 percent in 2013. The decline in PC sales was because of the result in a change in preferences in consumers’ wants and needs.
“Consumers want anytime-anywhere computing that allows them to consume and create content with ease, but also share and access that content from a different portfolio of products. Mobility is paramount in both mature and emerging markets,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.