Report: More Internet Devices Than PCs to Ship in 2013
Aug 12, 2011
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Worldwide shipments of Internet-enabled consumer electronics devices will soar and, by 2013, exceed those of the PC, which has been the dominant platform for Internet access since consumers first began using the "Information Superhighway" in large numbers in the early 1990s.

An IHS iSuppli Consumer Platforms Report released this week said shipments of Internet-enabled consumer electronics devices will grow rapidly, from 161 million units in 2010 to 503.6 million in 2013, while PC shipments will grow from 345.4 million in 2010 to 433.7 million in 2013.

The scope of Internet-enabled devices keeps growing and now includes TVs, game consoles, and Blu-ray players, digital media adapters and media tablets.

The research firm does include tablet computers in this category but does not include Smartphones, which it tracks separately. Tablets, spurred by the Apple iPad, will lead the growth in this segment.

The research firm expects 2015 shipments of Internet-enabled consumer devices to reach 780.8 million units, "massively exceeding" PC shipments, witch it expects to reach 479.1 million.

“These new figures are the latest evidence that the Internet is not just for PCs anymore,” “

"The Internet now is revolutionizing the consumer electronics business by delivering a range of products that can bring web-based content to homes," said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for consumer platforms at IHS. "Increasingly, each Internet-enabled consumer electronics device is vying to become the center of what is known as the digital living room, aggregating content throughout the home and serving up movies, television programs, videos and music. In the future, consumers will be more likely to access the Internet through their televisions than via their PCs.”

The research firm reported and forecast worldwide shipments of Internet-enabled consumer electronics devices of:
• 2010: 161.0 million units
• 2011: 241.2 million
• 2012: 361.8 million
• 2013: 503.6 million
• 2014: 652.5 million
• 2015: 780.8 million

The research firm reported and forecast worldwide shipments of PCs of:
• 2010: 345.4 million
• 2011: 373.1 million
• 2012: 405.8 million
• 2013: 433.7 million
• 2014: 458.0 million
• 2015: 479.1 million

The firm said the top Internet-enabled devices in 2010 were game consoles, shipping 50.5 million units; and TVs, shipping 40.0 million units.

Tablets are expected by No. 1 in 2011. The firm reported tablet shipments in 2010 were 19.7 million; these are expected to grow 214% to 61.9 million in 2011 and top 300 million in 2015. No other Internet-enabled device will come close.

"In particular, the media tablet appears to be the device that will pull customers into the era of the digitally connected home," the firm reported. "With other vendors beginning to support Apple’s proprietary AirPlay standard, the media tablet will be one of the first devices to fully integrate into the connected home."

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