Now we’re turning the spotlight on “tablet PCs”, and hearing that shipments in Q1 2014 were less than those recorded 365 days prior – the first time that’s ever happened in tablet land.
NPD DisplaySearch has fired out a meaty report including graphs plural, with the headline again being: Quarterly Shipments Fall for the First Time.
Fifty-six million is a heck of a lot of tablets, but doesn’t cut the proverbial mustard compared to Q1 2013, when, er, more than 56 million tablets were shipped.
Blame is partially attributed to the rising size of smartphones. Logically, if you own a 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 3, what the hell would you need a 7in Google Nexus 7 for?
It’s also suggested that the replacement cycle for tablets is increasing, something Samsung moaned about the other day, too.
Ultimately, NPD has lowered its tablet forecast for 2014 to 285 million, and in future, we can supposedly expect larger form factors to become the norm, with tablets at 11in and above accounting for more than 10% of the market come 2018.
Apple bowed to the small tablet pressure in 2012, releasing the ‘tweener-size iPad mini, but more recently we’ve been told to brace for a big massive 12.9in iPad Pro.
Samsung, of course, already has the 12.2in Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro.