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IDC: Tablet sales to slow as wearable device sales grow

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Sep 2013 13:44

IDC: Tablet sales to slow as wearable device sales grow Research firm IDC has posted their latest data into the tablet market, and the company is forecasting a slowdown moving forward.
The firm predicted a slight drop for 2013 from their previous forecast in May, to 227.4 million from 229.3 million units shipped. Even with the downgrade, the number is still 57.7 percent higher than 2012's shipments, showing a healthy market for the devices.

IDC believes wearable devices will lead to tablets peaking sooner than expected, with devices including smartwatches and Google Glass. Additionally, 'phablets,' which are now above 6-inches, will cannibalize their larger siblings, as well.

Samsung will unveil their Galaxy Gear smartwatch next week, and Apple is expected to unveil a flexible-display iWatch in 2014.

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