With devices like Amazon's Kindle Fire and the upcoming Surface by Microsoft freeing would-be tablet buyers not interested in the iPad from the tyranny of Apple's ecosystem, there's something in the tablet space for everyone, regardless of platform affinity (webOS notwithstanding). What that's going to do over the course of the next several years is propel demand for tablet PCs past that of traditional notebooks, though don't mistake that to mean laptops are dead.
Most everyone interested in owning an LCD TV seems to have already went out and purchased one. According to DisplaySearch, worldwide TV shipments tumbled 8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2012, marking the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009. More telling, however, is the fact that LCD TVs, which dominate the market with an 84.2 percent share of all types of TVs (well ahead of CRT TVs, which sits in second place with a 9.9 percent share), saw shipments drop by 3 percent year-over-year, and by 33 percent sequentially.
Is your television smart? If not, chances are your next one will be. According to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, which tracks connected and smart tv shipments by brand, region, display technology, and screen size, smart TV shipments are surging around the globe, particularly in Japan, where more than a third of all TVs shipped have smart capabilities.
It's tough to get a grasp on where the market stands for 3D viewing because different parts of the world have different attitudes towards 3D. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, Western Europe and China are the most enthusiastic regions for 3D consumption, whereas interest in the United States appears to be waning.
The latest figures from NPD DisplaySearch, previously just DisplaySearch (renamed 'NPD DisplaySearch' by its parent company, The NPD Group), suggests 3D adoption is more about price than available content. To wit, NPD DisplaySearch calculated 6.6 million 3D LCD TV panel shipments in the third quarter of 2011, accounting for 27 percent growth from last quarter, and it's because prices have come down.
In what has to be arguably one of its most interesting revelations, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that the late Apple CEO wanted the iPad to be powered by an Intel chip. If Jobs had had his way, Intel would have found itself in the driver’s seat in the burgeoning tablet market, something the chip maker is unlikely to achieve in the coming years according to a new report by DisplaySearch.
Whichever company ends up buying Hewlett Packard's PC division will end up owning a business that accounts for the second most mobile PC market share, and possibly the No. 1 spot when combined with its own. Until that happens, Apple is the top mobile iDog with more than 13.5 million mobile PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 136 percent year-over-year increase and enough to propel the Cupertino outfit past HP to lead all others, according to the latest data from DisplaySearch.
Long gone are the days that you had to stay tethered to your desktop to check email, surf the Web, play games, and get work done. It's all about computing on the go, and even a 'slow' year in the mobile PC market still ends up being a pretty good year overall. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, mobile PC shipment growth will scale back a bit in 2011, but remain incredibly strong overall.
Riding the success of it's iPad tablet, Apple has leapfrogged ahead of Hewlett-Packard in both mobile PC shipments (10.2 million) and mobile market share (17.2 percent), according to data by DisplaySearch. Apple now sits on top, ahead of not only HP (15.6 percent), but also Acer (14 percent), Dell (9.9 percent), and Toshiba (8.6 percent). Note that Apple's 10.2 million shipment number includes both iPad and notebook sales.
Hardware makers who thought the netbook market would prove a short-lived fad ended up kicking themselves in the backside for not striking when the coals were hot. But on the bright side, they've been given a mulligan. The most talked about tech item is now the tablet PC, and according to market research firm DisplaySearch, this segment will show an explosive 200 percent growth rate this year. For those who haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon, now's the time to do so.