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Canalys: Half Of All PCs Shipped in 2014 Will Be Tablets; Android 65%, Apple 30%

on November 26, 2013

TechCrunch

The growth of tablet sales has been outstripping that of more traditional desktop and laptop personal computers for a while, and now it looks like we are finally approaching the tablet/PC tipping point, where the cheaper, more portable tablet is becoming the de facto PC: 2014 will be the year that tablets account for 50% of all “PCs” shipped globally, according to researchers at Canalys. Leading the charge will be tablets built on Android — which collectively will account for 65% of all tablets shipped (185 million units) with Samsung at the helm. Apple, with its growing line of iPad devices, will remain the single-biggest tablet brand, taking 30% of the market — and, significantly, the most profitable.

Profit, in fact, takes priority for Apple over market share, Canalys argues. “Apple is one of the few companies making money from the tablet boom,” writes Tim Coulling, a senior analyst…

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