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Sales are expected to drop 72 percent from 2012 to 2013

Netbooks are seeing their end days, according to a recent report, and the final date to be placed on their grave marker will be 2015. 

A new IHS iSuppli Compute Electronics market tracker report says that netbook sales will continue decreasing significantly until they hit zero in 2015. 

A total of 3.97 million netbooks are expected to be sold in 2013, which is a 72 percent drop from 14.13 million sales in 2012. 

In 2014, this number will continue to fall to 264,000 units, and in 2015 will be zero.

Netbooks, which are small, lightweight and inexpensive laptop computers, made their debut in 2007. They proved to be a good option for those who didn't want to pay for a large and expensive laptop. It was cheap and easy portability, and could perform various tasks despite not being a full-powered laptop.

Netbooks hit their peak in 2010 with 32.14 million sales, but ever since, they've been on the decline. According to the IHS iSuppli report, Apple's iPad tablet plays a large role in the death of the netbook. 

The first iPad was introduced in March 2010, and acted as a powerful, lightweight tablet computer. The new form factor and way of computing attracted customers, leaving netbooks in the dust.

Soon, tablets started coming in all sizes, prices and types of operating systems. They catered to the same customers that netbooks did -- cheaper, lightweight and small computers. 

In regards to the iPad, netbooks still trumped in price. But soon, many other affordable tablets rushed to the scene and pushed netbooks aside entirely. 

The report noted that many notebook OEMs have already terminated production of netbooks at this point. 

As far as the rest of the PC market, the IHS iSuppli report said PC shipments in 2013 will hit about 353.0 million units, up 3 percent from 341.3 million units in 2012. 

Source: iSuppli

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why surface fails
By Belard on 4/30/2013 4:13:36 PM , Rating: 2
actually, I'd like the netbook market last longer in the form of kid sized note books (ages 5 to 11) but in the end, I think a tablet ends up being more rugged.

Think about it. A tablet with a keyboard is pretty much a netbook. nobody is buying these cute little computers anymore. MS is pushing the keyboarded Surface as a computer replacement.... so again, why spend $1200 for such a thing when a $500 notebook would have the same performance with a 15" screen and full size keyboard then buy a $200-350 tablet for other uses. There is less room for a netbook, with usually cheaper keys and $250 price... which was okay when notebooks were $500-1200.... not today's junky $300 15" notebooks powered by atom class CPUs.

I use the internet from my desktop, notebook, tablet and phone. (this is from my android phone).

RE: why surface fails
By Solandri on 4/30/2013 5:19:14 PM , Rating: 2
While early netbooks ran a simplified Linux OS, pretty much all modern netbooks run Windows. So I think its a bit inaccurate to say netbooks are dying. It's more that they are merging with low-end regular laptops. In 5 years, most of the regular laptops sold are going to fall within the size range and price point of these "dead" netbooks.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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