By the end of 2015, worldwide annual notebook and desktop PC shipments will be eclipsed by tablets, according to a new forecast released by analyst firm IDC.
The ascendency of tablets, and decline of the PC, will also be marked by the fourth quarter of 2013, with IDC predicting that shipments of the devices will beat desktops for the quarter.
By 2017, the (relatively) antiquated desktop PC will account for just 5 per cent of the 'smart connected device' market, according to the company. 'Smart connected devices' is a catch-all category used by IDC for desktop PCs and notebooks, tablets and smartphones.
Portable PCs will account for a just healthier 8 per cent, compared to the 16.5 per cent of the market that IDC expects will be captured by tablets and the domination of the smartphone at 70.5 per cent of market share.
IDC said that year on year growth of tablet, PC and smartphone shipments will slow to 27.8 per cent in 2013, down from 30.3 per cent the year before. However, the analyst firm has lowered the outlook for desktop PC and notebook shipments by 10 per cent.
The company is also expecting gradual slowing in the growth of shipment value for smart connected devices, as lower-priced tablets and smartphones hit the market.