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Tablets to gobble 35% of the PC market in 2011  (Source: Apple)
Tablets may change the companies that profit in the PC market

There have been a few disruptive forces in the computer market over the years. The netbook really upset the notebook market as users flocked to the cheap and highly portable machines. Apple’s iPad then came along and put a sizeable dent into the market for netbooks (at least according to ASUS).

As more competitors enter the tablet fray, the impact on the computer market will only increase. Goldman Sachs has announced that tablets are one of the most disruptive forces in computing in nearly 30 years. The company says that tablets will eat into the PC market so heavily that they will start a reshuffle in who profits most in the PC industry that is currently dominated by Microsoft and Intel.

Microsoft dominates on the back of its Windows operating system installed on the vast majority of all computers. Despite the fact that Microsoft is huge in the PC market, the company is slow to take on new markets and is currently not offering a version of Windows specifically for consumer-oriented tablets. This leaves a notable window for competitors to seize the market like the iOS-packing iPad and Honeycomb-powered tablets like the Xoom.

The big impact for Intel will come thanks to the fact that the vast majority of processors used inside tablets today are not Intel parts. ARM is the leader in the tablet and smartphone market today. The big reason for this is that the ARM processors user relatively little power leading to better battery life for tablets.

Sachs predicts that both Apple and Google will begin to catch up to Intel and Microsoft thanks to the popularity of tablets.

The Goldman Sachs report noted, "This [wide adoption of tablets] should result in a theoretical loss of 21 million notebooks in 2011 and 26.5 million in 2012." Sachs expects the tablet to cannibalize about 35% of the PC market in 2011 and 33% in 2012.

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By mavricxx on 4/21/2011 3:41:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think tablets won't take over computers yet until they can act as hosts. Until they start adding full size USB ports that you can connect external hard drives, external DVD/BD drives, printers, digital cameras etc...then they'll start to really control the PC market.

RE: Advancement
By vision33r on 4/21/2011 1:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Tablets are created so you don't need connection to external optical drives, and PC peripherals.

The whole point is to create new level of computing away from traditional legacy connection.

Why connect to external hard drive, when I can access my data shared on my network wirelessly,

Why even bother with USB ports for what? You can take a picture and save it in Flickr and your tablet can easily see it.

Your concept of tablet computing is dated.

RE: Advancement
By JediJeb on 4/21/2011 3:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why connect to external hard drive, when I can access my data shared on my network wirelessly,

But wouldn't this require that you also have a PC on your network to store that data? If the tablet is to replace the PC it will have to have some way to connect with a storage device at some time.

You would also need to have that PC to be able to download your photos, especially if you are storing them in raw forms since to upload them by cell connection would take forever with the huge files those produce. ( unless you are talking about simple point and shoot photos and not good quality digital camera photos)

RE: Advancement
By kmmatney on 4/21/2011 5:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need a PC - you could just use a stand-alone NAS device. Seagate and Western Digital, and other companies sell cheap models that provide 1TB and more of storage for a low price.

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