At one time, (not so long ago) netbook sales were huge, but the launch of the iPad began their demise prematurely.
In 2010, 32 million units were sold, but in that year Apple unveiled the iPad. Sales dropped to 21 million the next year and 14 million last year as customers moved to ultrabooks and cheaper tablets that were more powerful and included touch features.
This year, sales are expected to fall to 4 million, and then less than a million next year as "last-time builds to satisfy contractual obligations to customers."
"Once a white-hot PC product that sold in the tens of millions of units annually," IHS added, "netbook computers are now marking their final days, with the rise of tablets causing their shipments to wind down to virtually zero after next year. The iPad and other tablets came in a new form factor that excited consumers while also offering improved computing capabilities, leading to a massive loss of interest in netbooks."
(Chart via Register)
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Apr 2013 9:49