Tablets will outsell traditional PCs by the autumn of 2013 says analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco. It isn’t all iPad, though. Sensibly, he factors in a flattening of iPad sales in 2012 and 2013 and corresponding growth in other platforms, particularly of Android.
In under two years, then, tablets will outsell PCs. This is a worrying time for Windows-based PC manufacturers as they are assaulted on all fronts, primarily by the success of the new real alternative to the traditional platform but also by the rapidly growing sales of Macs. As I said in an earlier post today, the Mac renaissance is being fuelled largely by the halo effect of success in iOS devices. It looks like the big PC manufacturers have missed the boat for good.