[Shown: iPad 2, starting at $499; first version debuted in 2010]
In a new story about Wednesday's expected launch of the iPad 3, The New York Times reports today that tablets are poised to replace PCs sooner than many might expect. That trend comes as Gannett prepares to introduce tablet and smartphone versions of its community dailies with this spring's launch of paywalls.
Bullet points from the NYT story:
- For the last two years, PC sales were flat, while iPad sales were booming.
- Last year, PCs outsold tablets almost six to one, estimates Canalys, a technology research company. That's still a significant change from 2010, the iPad’s first year on the market, when PCs outsold tablets 20 to one.
- Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, estimated the tablet market could exceed the one for PCs in 2017. But Horace Dediu, an analyst with Asymco in Finland, argues that tablet sales would pass traditional PC sales in the fall of 2013.
- iPads accounted for 20% of Apple's total revenue during the holiday quarter.