The PC industry has bounced back from recession, with analyst Gartner forecasting that the worldwide spend on PCs in 2010 will be $245bn, up 12.2% from 2009.
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"The PC industry will be overwhelmingly driven by mobile PCs, thanks to strong home growth in both emerging and mature markets," said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner. "Mini-notebooks are again forecast to boost mobile PC growth in 2010, but their contribution is expected to decline noticeably afterwards, as they face growing competition from new ultra-low-voltage [ULV] ultraportables and next-generation tablets. Desk-based PC shipment growth will be minimal and limited to emerging markets."
Gartner expects mobile PCs to drive 90% of PC growth over the next three years. Shiffler said that by 2012, mobile PCs would account for 70% of all PC shipments.
Apple's iPad will help to ignite interest in tablet computing. Gartner believes that the IT industry could ship up to 10.5 million traditional tablets and next-generation tablet devices worldwide in 2010.