Tablet PCs like the iPad starting to take a bite out of the worldwide market for PCs, according to Gartner. The research firm cut its outlook for PC sales for 2010 and 2011, pointing specifically to the growth of the iPad.
"PC market growth will be impacted by devices that enable better on-the-go content consumption such as media tablets and next-generation smartphones," said Raphael Vasquez of Gartner.
"Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to total 352.4 million units in 2010, a 14.3% increase from 2009. These projections are down from Gartner's previous PC shipment forecast in September of 17.9% growth.
In 2011, Gartner anticipates worldwide sales of PCs to hit 409 million units, representing a 15.9% increase. Their previous estimate was growth of 18.1%," according to latest preliminary forecast by Gartner.
"These results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad," said Ranjit Atwal of Gartner. "Over the longer term, media tablets are expected to displace around 10% of PC units by 2014."