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More Evidence That Tablets Are Slowly Killing the PC

More Evidence That Tablets Are Slowly Killing the PC
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So it turns out this tablet market isn’t quite a fad after all. Research firm IDC has numbers to prove it, publishing on Thursday the reported 2012 shipment figures for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. It won’t surprise you that smartphones continue to be tops among these devices, but it may surprise you that shipments of tablets have nearly caught up with those of desktops.

I was joking about the tablet “fad” of course; I’ve been sharing details of the fast-growing tablet trend for some time. Over a year ago, I explained in a GigaOm Pro report why the “PC” you buy in three years won’t be a PC, but instead will likely be a tablet (subscription required).