It's a forecast--not for rain or sunshine--but for tablet sales.
International Data Corporation, a global provider of market intelligence and advisory services for technology markets, predicts the sale of 190.9 million tablet computers this year. In 2011, 73 million tablets were sold (an increase of 256 percent over 2010 sales), according to NPD DisplaySearch. IDC expects Android tablets to grab a bigger share of the tablet market, 48.8 percent in 2013, and projects Apple’s share will be 46 percent (down from 51 percent in 2012).
"Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them," says Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's mobility trackers. "IDC continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC."
Grab your umbrella. Because it's going to rain tablets.