Netbooks Have One Foot in Grave, Full Burial Expected in 2015
April 30, 2013 3:04 PM
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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.
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.
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RE: why surface fails
4/30/2013 5:19:14 PM
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.
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