The study documents the 2011 and H1 2012 quarterly shipments in dollars and units. It provides regional shipment analysis by company, a far more granular look at the industry than is available anywhere else at any price.
All PC makers have to switch to making tablet computers. PC computers are not going away, but they become significantly less important in a relative manner. Tablet and smartphone shipments have already eclipsed PC shipments and the trend is anticipated to continue. Tablets are mobile computing devices that provide Internet access and ultimately will do everything a PC will do, faster, cheaper, better. Who knew this would come along?
2012 has seen a significant jump in tablet screen quality; from resolution, to panel technology, to the types of LEDs, tablet screens look better. With rumors of Samsung getting ready to leapfrog all current tablet displays, things are bound to get only more exciting.
The expanding market opportunities related to mobile communication and media devices include transmission of digital data into and out of the tablets. The markets are highly competitive. The competition is expected to intensify significantly.
The features of the tablets and applications are evolving. Products support collaboration. Solutions are competitive. The industry is characterized by aggressive pricing practices, frequent product introductions, evolving design approaches and technologies, rapid adoption of technological and product advancements by competitors, and price sensitivity on the part of consumers and businesses.
Factors that influence commercial success in the wireless device and services market relate to usability above all: The designs of the iPad are genius designs because of the usability they bring. Development of an integrated hardware, software and service platform to support multiple wireless network standards is an essential aspect of market participation. Worldwide tablet market revenues at $32 billion in 2011 are anticipated to reach $40.4 billion in 2012 and $181.5 billion by 2018. Tablet markets are forecast to grow at 29% year-over-year. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways. Tablets promise to bring significant new Internet access capability making the Internet available for increasingly productive, efficient use.
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