Educational Technology

March 28, 2012

Tablets Haven’t Killed the PC Yet

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

Despite the substantial growth of mobile handheld and tablet devices, traditional PC desktop and laptop systems aren’t going away anytime soon. Just the opposite, according to a report released this week: Annual PC shipments could grow by nearly 50 percent worldwide between now and 2016. According to market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), total PC shipments worldwide and across all segments grew a modest 1.8 percent in 2011, reaching 353.3 million units. That growth was driven by traditional portable computers (laptops, netbooks, etc.), which increased 4.2 percent overall to 209.4 million units. Desktop PCs actually declined in 2011 worldwide by 1.6 percent from 2010, reaching 144 million units.

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