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.
"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.