Just prior to his tragic death Steve Jobs began to revolutionize the smart connected device market with the release of the Apple iPad. The tablet market has continued to grow since than. PC World reported on Sept. 14, 2013, "Tablet sales forecast to pass PCs, laptops in 2013, IDC says." International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013.
According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, tablets and smartphones will make up 16.5 percent and 70.5 percent respectively of the worldwide smart connected device market by 2017. PC sales are projected to drop to 13 percent by 2017.
The global smart connected device market, which includes PCs, tablets, and smartphones, is projected to be $622.4 billion this year. About $423.1 billion of this amount will come from the smartphone and tablet segments collectively. By the end of 2015 it is anticipated tablet growth will surpass total PC shipments on an annual basis.
Forbes has reported, "IDC: 87% Of Connected Devices Sales By 2017 Will Be Tablets And Smartphones." Tablets and large-screen smartphones are redefining the smart connected device market. IDC has predicted the worldwide smart connected device market will accelerate past 2 billion units by the end of 2015 and will attain a market value of $735.1 billion.