A report from IDC shows that sales of ‘smart connected devices’ (PCs, smartphones and tablets) broke through the 1bn barrier in 2012, with Apple and Samsung each taking about 20% of the market. Tablets represented 128m of those devices. This is expected to rise to 190m in 2013, while PC sales are flatlining. The big growth for smartphones and tablets is in emerging market, where consumers are moving from phones to tablets and without bothering with PCs.
Steve Jobs’ claim that we are now in a ‘post PC world’ isn’t true yet, but we’re getting there.