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Rosy Outlook for Tablet Computers

June 17, 2010

Forrester predicts that tablet computers sales will in 2010 exceed netbook sales and in 2012 exceed desktop sales. At Untethered in New York City, Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps laid out her projections comparing tablet sales to netbooks, laptops, and desktops. She expects 3.5 million tablets (including the iPad and other tablets) to be sold this year, growing to 20.4 million in 2015. Meanwhile, she expects desktop sales to drop from 18.7 million units in 2010 to 15.7 million units in 2015. Laptops will continue to outsell Tablets for the foreseeable future. Given sales of iPads already exceeding 2 million this year, the Forrester predictions might be too conservative.

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