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REPORT: Android, iPad, Surface Tablet Sales Surge in 2013, Are PCs Dead?

Acer's 8-inch tablet Iconia W3 is displayed during a news conference as part of a preview at the Computex exhibition at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei June 3, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Pichi Chuang )

Acer’s 8-inch tablet Iconia W3 is displayed during a news conference as part of a preview at the Computex exhibition at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei June 3, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Pichi Chuang )

Brett Nuckles courtesy designntrend
Tablet sales are expected to boom this year at the expense of the personal computer market, USA Today reports.

Shipments of tablets are forecast to rise to 201 million this year, a 68 percent surge, according to research firm Gartner. Meanwhile, PC sales are waning.

Gartner predicts sales of desktop and laptop computer will fall to 305 million in 2013, a drop of 10 percent.

“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,” Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “Mobility is paramount in both mature and emerging markets.”

Computer World reports the growing acceptance of corporate environments in which workers are expected to bring in their own computers is shifting the paradigm toward “anytime, anywhere” computing devices.

Tablets are also popular because most sport a long battery life, turn on instantly and are cheaper than PCs. And their touch screen interfaces make them intuitive to learn and easy to use.

But Gartner says PCs will hold on to a lead at least for one more year. Tablets won’t overtake PC shipments until well into 2014, the firm predicts.

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